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amelia trew

welfare, community & diversity
a.trew@uea.ac.uk

welfare campaigns on campus

Here at UEA, we are committed to protecting your welfare throughout your time at university. We have several campaigns in place to assure your safety.  

Never Ok 

We believe that everyone has the right to live, study and work in a safe and supportive environment.  That everybody is free from abuse, harassment and/or assault.  We strive to promote a safe campus and safe city. uea(su) has a zero-tolerance policy towards: 

  • Sexual assault and harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, verbal, written or physical contact without consent. 

  • Hate crimes: Physical or verbal abuse towards a person or property based on the victims real or perceived race, religion, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability. 

  • Relationships/domestic abuse: Emotional or physical behaviour by a person in a relationship to control another. 

  • Harassment and bullying: any unwanted behaviour to make someone feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended. 

  • Honour crimes: FGM, forced marriages, enforced activities including marriage, mutilation or violence against women.  

If you experience any form of sexual harassment or assault whilst in a union venue (the LCR, bar(su) or Waterfront), report it to the bar staff. They are trained to respond effectively to the situation and help you to feel safe to enjoy the rest of your night. 

Other ways you can make any reports are: 

  • in an emergency/if you feel unsafe, call 999 or campus security 

  • directly to the Harbour Centre, which is a dedicated Sexual Assault Referral Centre. They offer practical and emotional support and you can contact them directly http://www.theharbourcentre.co.uk/ 

  • to advice(su) or UEA Student Support Services during normal opening hours. Out of hours, you can contact UEA security 

Safer Taxi Scheme 

We want students to feel secure when they head on nights out, so we introduced the ‘Safer Taxi Scheme’ to ensure you get home safe if you are feeling unsafe or uncomfortable.  

All you do is call the taxi company, give them your student number (not student ID card) and name, and they will send the invoice to the Students Union. The Union will then pay the taxi company directly. 

These are the taxi companies currently taking part: 

  • ABC Taxi 

  • 5 Star Taxi 

  • Courtesy Taxi 

“Don’t drop out, drop in” 

University life does not always go smoothly, or as you expected. Sometimes we all need a little help to get through. Instead of dropping out, why not drop in and talk to one of our advice workers or Union Officers.  

To talk to an advice worker, you do not have to have an appointment. We run informal drop-in sessions between 11am and 1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Advice and Housing Office.  

If you require assistance outside these hours, then Nightline is there for you. They are a confidential and impartial listening and information service run for students, by students.  

If you feel like you need a little help, you are not alone, come and drop in! 

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