Universities

LimeCulture offers accredited and bespoke training packages and consultancy services to Universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to ensure they are able to respond effectively and appropriately to their communities of students and staff who are subjected to sexual violence/ misconduct.

We work with Universities on the development of strategic responses to sexual misconduct, associated policies and procedures, risk management approaches, and case management. 

If you would like to discuss your requirements in further detail, please email universities@limeculture.co.uk

 

The LimeLight Awards were introduced by LimeCulture CIC to universities for the first time in 2019 with the aim of acknowledging the outstanding contributions and achievements of professionals working within the sexual violence field. LimeCulture is keen to continue to celebrate the excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual misconduct demonstrated by SVLOs through their work.

Listed below the 2021 winners:

The Saskia Jones Award for an individual SVLO/SVMLO*

Winner: Nicola Smith, London South Bank University

Award for a SVLO/SVMLO Manager

Winner: Stella Eastwood-Quinn, University of Bristol

Award for a SVLO/SVMLO Team

Winner: University of Sheffield

*At the 2021 Awards, LimeCulture were honoured and privileged to introduce the Saskia Jones Award for an exceptional individual SVLO/SVMLO. #BeMoreSas

 

Listed below are the 2019 winners:

Award for an individual SVLO/SVMLO

Winner: Pete Mandeville, University of Oxford

Award for a SVLO/SVMLO Manager

Winner: Annie Jennings, London South Bank University

Award for a SVLO/SVMLO Team

Winner: University of Stirling

 

 

SVLOs/SVMLOs and their services deserve to be properly recognised for the important, challenging and professional work they do to support those who have experienced sexual violence.  The LimeLight Awards are intended to be a first step in the direction of professional recognition of SVLOs and SVMLOs and their services.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Watch this space for the next set of exceptional SVLOs/SVMLOs…

 

Universities Training

LimeCulture is a leading provider of training for Universities, to support their response to sexual violence/ misconduct amongst their staff and student body. Our training for Universities is practical in focus, ensuring that those undertaking relevant roles are equipped with the tools, skills, expertise, confidence and competence to undertake their responsibilities.

LimeCulture provides training for University and Students’ Union staff to support in their response to sexual misconduct within their University communities.

For more information, and to book places, please visit our training pages:

  • Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO) Development Programme 
  • First Responder Training
  • Sexual Misconduct Discipline Proceedings Training 
  • Sexual Misconduct Risk and Needs Tool Workshop
  • Bespoke Training Requests 

Strategic Development Days

What is Expected of Universities?

It is clear that each University and Higher Education Institution (HEI) has a responsibility to their staff and their students to respond appropriately to any disclosure or report of sexual violence/ misconduct. 

Over and above supporting a disclosing/ reporting party in relation to their educational needs, a University will also need to consider the wider support needs of a victim/ survivor following sexual misconduct. This might include facilitating access to a forensic medical examination, psychological therapies and mental health support or sexual health services. It could also include a police investigation and potentially a criminal court case, as well as internal disciplinary proceedings.  

Equally, Universities have a duty of care to any student or staff member who is responding to a report against them of sexual misconduct.  This means they must ensure systems and processes also address the needs of reported/ responding parties. 

Each University and HEI will need to ensure that their systems and processes do not undermine any future criminal prosecution or contaminate evidence relating to the sexual misconduct in the event that the reporting party wants to refer the matter to the police at any time. University staff could potentially be called for their evidence or as witnesses in future criminal justice proceedings, so robust record keeping needs to be in place to account for any involvement the University or HEI has had in relation to sexual misconduct.

How Can LimeCulture Help?

LimeCulture offer a bespoke one-day workshop to Universities who wish to work on developing their local response (both preventative and reactive action) to sexual violence/ misconduct.

To make the most of the session, representatives from across the University should be provided with information about the strategic session and request to attend. Each workshop is carefully designed around the specific needs of the host University so some work will be needed in advance of the session(s).

It is often helpful when attending these sessions to have a basic overview of how the University support and reporting processes currently work in relation to sexual violence/ misconduct. However, this might also be something better explored after the training, given what is discussed.

If you think we can help or you would like to discuss this further please email: universities@limeculture.co.uk.

Sexual Misconduct Risk and Needs Assessment Tool

Assessing, identifying, mitigating, managing and appropriately communicating information about risks and needs is vital to ensuring an appropriate and effective University response to sexual violence/ misconduct. Universities have a duty of care and duty of contract to reduce and, if possible, eliminate risks posed to all members of their University community. This includes those reporting and those being reported for sexual misconduct.

The Sexual Misconduct Risk and Needs Assessment (PDF 300K) is a topic-based risk and needs assessment Tool published by LimeCulture in 2019, although development work was sector-led. It is intended to support Universities to identify and manage the individual risks and needs of students and staff, where there has been a disclosure or report of sexual misconduct. The tool can support Universities to manage individual and organisational risks associated with cases of sexual misconduct from the point of initial report to the conclusion of any discipline process or the point at which parties may leave the institution.

The tool is based on the principle that risk and needs assessments should be structured and approached as consistently as possible over a period of time and across different settings and different Universities. A consistent approach to risk and needs identification (and their management) will enable better understanding of both/ all parties’ needs and assist in case management and prioritisation.

All staff delivering support to disclosing/ reporting or reporting/ responding parties, and those staff who sit on risk management/ ‘students of concern’ groups should receive relevant training around risk and needs assessment and management relating to sexual violence at regular intervals.

Use of this tool is not mandated but we recommend that Universities adopt it as part of their routine practice to support effective and consistent risk and need identification, inform the support put in place, and the overall management of risk within a University.

Download the free Sexual Misconduct Risk and Needs Assessment (PDF 300K) 

Download our blank, editable templates here: Editable Templates Word Document 

For more information and examples of how to use the tool, please download our Case Studies Guide here: University Risk and Needs Assessment Case Studies Guide Risk and Needs Tool  PDF 

To get a better understanding of how the tool works, and to talk through more complex scenario examples, consider registering for one of our upcoming workshops.

For further information please contact us at universities@limeculture.co.uk.

 

Evaluation of a Case Management Process in the Effective Response to Sexual Violence at Keele University

In Spring 2018, LimeCulture CIC and Intersol Global Ltd worked with colleagues at Keele University to conduct a comprehensive review of the introduction of a case management approach at Keele as a part of the University’s response to sexual misconduct in the University community. 

The review looked in particular at the role of the case manager, the interface of the case manager role and the SVLO role and the management of sexual misconduct cases in light of the Pinsent Mason guidance. The report highlights what worked well, where there were gaps and made recommendations to enhance the current process.

Keele has taken a difficult role at the forefront of developing the higher education sector response to issues of sexual misconduct and continues to share the learning from their experience with the sector by publishing this report for the benefit of colleagues also working in this field.

If you have any questions, please email universities@limeculture.co.uk

The report is available to download by clicking this link: Keele Report Publication.