HEFCE grants LSE and LSESU funding
LSE and LSESU have been awarded funding by HEFCE for projects that relate to the UUK Taskforce's recommendations on 'changing the culture: tackling sexual violence, hate crime and harassment'. HEFCE has awarded grants to LSE and other universities and colleges across the UK, to support institutions with their initiatives targeting sexual harassment and violence.
As part of LSE’s 2020 Strategy, the School aims to continue strengthening the commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. The monies from HEFCE will allow the School, and LSESU, to increase awareness of, and provisions for, issues of vulnerability. Such efforts will help embed a culture of consent and respectful behaviour, applicable to all students, staff, and other members of the School’s community.
LSE’s Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Young, said:
“This funding from HEFCE will enable us to build on the EDI Taskforce’s work in improving access to our processes for recording bullying and harassment. It also connects with the LSESU’s determination to develop mandatory consent training for students. We’re very pleased that HEFCE is providing support for these important initiatives”.
In the official press release, HEFCE Chief Executive, Professor Madeleine Atkins, said:
“All students should feel safe and supported during their time in higher education. Universities and colleges are working hard to tackle issues of sexual harassment and violence on campus, but there is more to be done. Their determination and commitment is evident in the overwhelmingly positive response to HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund call.
“We are delighted to be supporting a range of innovative projects, and we will be looking to share good practice and evidence of successful outcomes over the coming months."
The full press release may be accessed here.