This strategy, approved by the Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Student Experience Committee in November 2021, is designed to direct our work to promote equality for staff and students, and to prevent and tackle all forms of harassment, discrimination and violence based on gender (GBV), and the characteristics set out in the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act (2021) over the coming 3 years. This strategy builds upon the work delivered over the period 2018 to 2021[1] and seeks to widen its focus to include all forms of hate incidents and to address the spectrum of GBV outlined by the Scottish Government in their Equally Safe Strategy. It has also been endorsed by the University’s Senior Leadership team and ENSA’s Sabbatical team. 

Strategic Outcomes 2022 -2024

1. We will foster and demonstrate a culture where gender-based violence and all forms of hate incidents are actively challenged, robustly tackled and in which those affected are heard, respected, supported and empowered. 

2. We will respond robustly and effectively to incidents of gender-based violence and hate when they happen in our community.

3. Our staff and students feel confident and are clear about their options to report and to receive appropriate support if they experience any form of hate incident or gender-based violence.
4. We will improve our knowledge and understanding about the prevalence of gender-based violence, harassment and hate incidents in our community and of the impact of our work to address these.


[1] Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh Napier Student Association joint strategy – Preventing and Tackling Sexual Violence and Misconduct.

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