Safeguarding students in higher education encompasses a wide range of issues, including tackling sexual harassment, preventing hate crime and supporting student mental health. Organisations such as Universities UK and Office for Students have provided recommendations for universities to consider and implement to ensure students are protected and feel safe on campus. Transforming university culture to have a focus on safeguarding and engaging with students to raise awareness of support paths are just some of the challenges universities face. Now is the time for universities to come together to share best practice and collaborative solutions to build a positive safeguarding culture for students and staff.

  • 11% of students believed they have had their drink spiked while at University, as found by A 2022 survey by The Tab
  • A 2022 report by Office for Students found that fewer than one in six survivors of sexual assault at university reported it to the police
  • Around 85% of universities have a member of the senior executive team directly responsible for student safeguarding, according to a 2020 Freedom of Information request

Join us at the Safeguarding Students in Higher Education Conference 2024 to hear the latest guidance and practical strategies for developing successful safeguarding policies and procedures from experts across higher education. You will hear a variety of case studies showcasing a range of key topics, including co-creating safeguarding measures with students, working in partnership locally to drive safeguarding measures and building confidence in staff to confidently respond to safeguarding needs. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across higher education to share and address common challenges in safeguarding the student body.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes from leading higher education experts on implementing key safeguarding improvements
✓ Hand-picked case studies demonstrating a range of strategies for preventing and tackling a breadth of safeguarding issues
✓ Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across higher education
✓ CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 ✓100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including Local Authorities, Voluntary, and Education and ALL CPD certified

 ✓Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 ✓Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 ✓Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 ✓Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 ✓Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 ✓30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Pippa Catterall, Professor of History and Policy, University of Westminster (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Changing the Culture: Evaluating Progress and Sharing Frameworks for Success

    • Key principles and approaches to prevent and respond to harassment in all forms, and embed safety into university culture
    • Advice for senior leaders: securing staff buy-in for culture change and leading improvements from the top-down
    • Insights into working collaboratively with students, the third sector and local communities to effectively safeguard students
    • Progress update: best practice examples of successful responses and guidance on future areas for improvement
    • Considerations and immediate actions for universities to tackle the increase in spiking across universities

    Prof Andrew Wootton, Director, ProtectED (CONFIRMED)

    Prof Caroline L. Davey, Director, ProtectED (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Creating Robust Safeguarding Policies and Interventions to Enhance the Student Experience

    • Understanding and addressing the key safeguarding factors that impact student wellbeing and experience
    • Key insights into the primary safeguarding measures students highlighted as needing improvement and what worked well
    • Takeaways on student wellbeing: recovering from Covid-19 and responding to the impact of the cost-of-living crisis
    • Resources and tools to measure student experience and engage with students to inform safeguarding policies and procedures

    Rose Stephenson, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Higher Education Policy Institute (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Engaging with Students to Co-Create Successful Safeguarding Policies

    • Advice on forming a successful working relationship with the Student Union and facilitating practical conversations
    • Data techniques to measure and understand current student attitudes towards certain issues and policies
    • Measures to engage with students and gain input into safeguarding and anti-harassment policies
    • Delivering widespread EDI and safety training to students as they enter university to gain whole-university buy-in

    Elisabeth Day, Deputy Director of Student Policy & Safeguarding, University of Bath (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Safeguarding Students: Preventing and Tackling Sexual Misconduct and Harassment

    • Developing a practical approach to tackling sexual misconduct and harassment at university
    • Tips on improving investigations and hearings regarding student complaints of sexual misconduct
    • Upskilling staff to effectively support students who come forward as victims of sexual misconduct or harassment

    Professor Melissa Hamilton, Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, University of Surrey (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Working in Partnership with Local Stakeholders to Deliver Wrap-around Safeguarding Support

    • Collaborating with key stakeholders support survivors of rape and sexual abuse
    • Forming best practice partnerships and pooling resources to drive holistic support and engage with hard-to-reach students
    • Strategies for accessing funding locally to deliver training and resources on sexual harassment in the community
    • Collaborating with the private sector to promote anti-harassment resources to students in local clubs and bars
    • Working with students to create campaigns in local clubs that signpost those who have experienced sexual violence and harassment to help

    Professor Philip Vickerman, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), Professor of Inclusive Education and Learning, Liverpool John Moores University (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Breakout Networking: Overcoming Obstacles to Provide Holistic Safeguarding Support to Students

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in successfully preventing safeguarding risks and effectively responding to reports. This will allow you to share your experiences and encourage cross sector collaboration.

  • Keynote: Safeguarding Audits: Themes and Trends in Higher Education Settings

    • Safeguarding with a Big S and a little S
    • Why the safeguarding line of sight and governance from executive and trustee teams to front line practice and user experience is vital
    • Discuss how culture, leadership and robust systems can enable or inhibit effective safeguarding implementation
    • How effective relationships with external partners can improve safeguarding and reduce the carrying of unnecessary risk
    • How ‘the golden thread of safeguarding’ develop safeguarding cultures via effective communication and messaging from senior leaders

    Suzanne Cottrell, Safeguarding Audits Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Building Clear Reporting Mechanisms and Training Programmes to Reduce Hate Crimes

    • No Place for Hate campaign: insights into developing an effective campaign against hate crime and sustaining momentum
    • Hate Crime Awareness Training: providing opportunities for students and staff to learn how to intervene against hate crimes
    • Signposting victims to a series of external support services and creating clear pathways to escalate issues and receive help
    • Working with the private sector to develop bespoke micro-learning courses to raise awareness of misogyny and hate crime

    Louise Mullany, Professor in Sociolinguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Embedding Online Harassment into Safeguarding Policies and Interventions

    Donny McCormick, Director of Student Support Services, University of Roehampton (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be professionals involved in EDI and safeguarding in higher education.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers from across the sector
 Meet your target audience
 Listen and Learn from leading experts from across the further education sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

  • Public Sector: £449+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector: £379+VAT
  • Private Sector: £649+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos OnDemand

✓ 12-Months FREE access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of exclusive case study focused videos and articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

 – 30+ new uploads each month