Events and training

We would like our whole community here at Keele to be involved in our campaign to tackle sexual violence. Whether you're a student or a staff member, everyone has a role to play and can be a part of the conversation.

We are holding our annual campaign week from Monday 3 - 7 Feb. Come along to our information stand in the Chancellor's Building Foyer every day this week to pick up further information and free goodie bags!

We have developed a four hour workshop for staff which highlights practical skills when taking a disclosure of sexual violence. This was developed in partnership with USVReact, a European research project led by Brunel University. Participants will learn:

  • About sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct, together with social attitudes towards these issues
  • The impact that trauma can have on survivors
  • Key pointers to remember when taking a disclosure
  • How to make appropriate onward referrals while taking account of immediate safety concerns
  • The importance of self-care

For those who feel they would like more detail, there is also a full day training option available.

If you would like to register an interest, or if you would like to explore training delivery for your whole team, please email

Being an active bystander means that we don’t stand by when we witness troubling behaviour; instead we strive to take action and ensure that Keele continues to feel like a safe, fun and accepting place to be.

Troubling behaviour might include homophobic, racist or sexist jokes, or discrimination; or taking advantage of a power imbalance, like status, size or level of inebriation. Power dynamics are often involved in cases of sexual violence, relationship violence, bullying or harassment.

We want our students to feel confident in challenging these types of behaviour, or otherwise intervening safely and effectively. For more information on being an active bystander, and how a situation can be changed, watch this 8 minute video from the Who are you? campaign from New Zealand.

If you are an academic and would like to discuss how to incorporate an active bystander session into your course, please email

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