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Feminist education for university staff responding to disclosures of sexual violence: a critique of the dominant model of staff development
Gender and Education, Volume: 33, Issue: 2, Pages: 121 - 137
Swansea University Author: Charlotte Jones
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Programmes for sexual violence prevention have focussed historically on university, school or college students rather than staff working at these institutions. The Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence project (USVreact), co-funded by the European Commission, worked across universities...
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Programmes for sexual violence prevention have focussed historically on university, school or college students rather than staff working at these institutions. The Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence project (USVreact), co-funded by the European Commission, worked across universities in Europe to address this gap in the provision and knowledge of programmes aimed at staff. Each institutional partner in the project designed a programme to enable staff to respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual violence. This paper focuses on one UK university to explore the use of and reception to education principles and feminist pedagogy with staff from across the institution. These diverse pedagogical approaches were significant to the design of the university’s innovative programme. The findings demonstrate the importance of a process of sexual violence pedagogy, as opposed to training, and highlight its positive implications for the whole university community.
Higher education; feminist pedagogy; sexual violence; staff development; training
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
The USVreact Project (JUST/2014/RDAP/AG/VICT/7401) was co-funded by the European Commission’s DG Justice, Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (DAPHNE strand)