Middlesex University London
Middlesex University London is in Hendon in north-west London.
We ranked all 29 universities in the south of England against the following best practice criteria to assess how well each institution raises awareness of help available to survivors and encourages them to report. Other marks are given for campaigns and extra measures which show the university’s engagement with preventing and responding to sexual assault. Each received a mark out of 5.
- Anonymous form: The university have implemented new ‘Cause for Concern’ procedures to make reporting easier, either by individuals or their friends. This can be done anonymously.
- Campaigns: The students’ union have an active campaign around sexual violence and harassment. This includes working with the ‘Good Night Out’ initiative to deliver anti-violence training to students, bar staff and security.
- Sexual assault advice page: As part of the campaign above, students are educated on sexual violence and encouraged to report their experiences confidentially to a student adviser. There are also several on campus disclosure points that students can go to for advice and support, not just the Wellbeing centre. The university wish to encourage students to seek advice in person so they are personally supported.
- External contacts: These are made available to students internally who have gone to speak to someone at one of the aforementioned disclosure points. This to encourage students to report to the university.
- Other measures: The students’ union deliver consent workshops to students and work with external security companies to improve their approach to survivor support policies. Furthermore, the union is working with the local community to research experiences of reporting in schools and colleges to understand how to improve the reporting process.
*The university is yet to respond to our findings to confirm.
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