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Award-winning magazine bringing the best and fastest breaking news, features and opinion from the University of Southampton. Editor: Ivan Morris Poxton
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Wessex Scene 5h
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850* even. As picked up on by Martin Hiley and other speakers, a notably high level of student engagement, which was both greatly appreciated and indicates how important to students strong action on the issue is.
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And that brings this evening’s event to an end. Despite the sensitive and at times distressing topic, it’s universally agreed that it’s amazing to have , and collaborating to create positive change on this issue.
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Wessex Scene 6h
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Services and lastly, Natalie Cosgrove, SUSU Student Support Manager. Now there's some networking over tea to conclude the event.
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: 'Thanks so much for coming today and it's been really nice to see so many people from different walks of life', before thanking the panel (Laura Barr, Preisdent of SCA, Martin Hiley, SUSU Insight Manager), Kerry Matthews, Director of Student 1/2
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adds from audience that there absolutely has to be acknowledgment that university is at a cross-section of society and it's important to take the brave step to talk about issues and take issues, which is why the work on the survey and action plan is very positive.
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Laura urges us to keep in mind that the survey received over 650 responses and is helping a huge number of students with the issues being discussed this evening.
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Martin Hiley on the survey itself says a key thing was enabling the survey to be completely anonymous and it was 'really student-led' with the design of questions.
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The representative on the panel emphasises that this issue is being taken ‘very seriously’ and the University is ‘absolutely committed’ to it.
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openly admits he's asking a leading question having worked on this, how do we move forward and publicise the changes without coming across or becoming interpreted as 'alarmist'. The panel's response is broadly about emphasising the positivity of support services.
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Laura also adds that one of SCA’s final projects this year is to launch a website named ‘Everyday Consent’ where students will be able to share their experiences.
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Laura adds that she's proud that the plan and working group, 'is capturing the unique experience of each demographic' of population affected by sexual assault. She does add though, that the diversity of the people involved in the working group can improve further.
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President Laura Barr is keen to stress that the action plan is designed to help all student demographics who are affected by sexual assault.
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representative urges people to report all cases of sexual assault - 'you are never wasting our time' by reporting these incidents and it could help build a bigger picture.
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answers first, emphasising importance of proactiveness of consent awareness sessions planned as part of action plan. Laura Barr, President of SCA, adds that this is being trialed already with medical students.
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Ranka Primorac 6h
Proud of our students' activism against gender violence: Laura Barr on the left.
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Another audience Q., this time about how to change attitudes towards sexual assault, detailing her own personal experience.
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The new sexual assault-exclusive reporting tool will be 'completely student-led'.
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Q from audience: 'First of all, well done!' Couple of Qs. - idea of specific roles planned to create and the reporting tool/s being set up.
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Laura Barr says as VP Welfare and Community next year, she'll be part of making sure students get to contribute to the University's action plan working group. On a follow-up question from Isabella, she explains how they've linked up across unis with the campaign.
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Panel starting with who's chairing the panel asking what opportunities are there for students to get involved, going forward.
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