A message from your RUSU Officers for Welfare (Dan Bentley) and Diversity (Nozomi Tolworthy) and Deans for Diversity & Inclusion (Simon Chandler-Wilde and Ellie Highwood).

The University and Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) are committed to ensuring an inclusive, supportive and respectful environment for all. As set out in our Student Charter, we believe any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination is never ok.

This week, to coincide with national Anti-Bullying Awareness Week, we’re launching a new joint campaign: #NeverOk

Our aim is to highlight our commitment to inclusivity and raise awareness of the types of behaviours that we do not tolerate. Research by Universities UK found that unfortunately incidents such as harassment and hate crime do occur at universities, but students and staff are not always aware of what constitutes such an incident or how to access support.

You can get involved by visiting RUSU this week and picking up a #NeverOK card to keep in your wallet and chatting to your RUSU Officers about your thoughts or experiences of these issues.

We are also running a substantial trial of 20 interactive workshops by the Good Lad Initiative, with RUSU sports societies, JCR representatives, and first year students in one of our Schools. These sessions are aimed at promoting positive behaviour in complex group situations, within the campus and socially, and helping people to be active bystanders.

We’ve updated our policy, procedures, and reporting routes for students, as well as providing additional support from our new University team of Welfare Officers. Find out more at: www.reading.ac.uk/neverok

We hope this will be the start of a conversation with you and there will be further activities throughout the year for you to get involved.

As the campaign evolves we would very much welcome feedback. Please contact Simon Chandler-Wilde, Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, or Nozomi Tolworthy, RUSU Diversity Officer, with any comments, queries or suggestions.

Thank you for your support,

Dan, Nozomi, Simon and Ellie