On this page, you can find some Gender-Based-Violence support and prevention training which is available for staff and students.

Training for staff

L.I.S.T.E.N training

L.I.S.T.E.N is a new risk assessment tool developed by the Scottish Charity EmilyTest. The tool is designed to give staff across Further and Higher Education institutions the skills to offer in-the-moment support to a victim/survivor of sexual violence or harassment, ensure they are safe and put in place clear next steps for support.

Emily Drouet was a University of Aberdeen student who started studying her Law degree in 2015. Tragically, Emily took her own life in March 2016 within our Student Accommodation, after experiencing Gender Based Violence at University. Given our direct connection to Emily’s story, we are honoured to be rolling out L.I.S.T.E.N training.

In the training, you will hear from Fiona Drouet (Emily’s Mum) and the EmilyTest training officer, who will set the scene as to the importance of this work and the family’s experiences surrounding Emily’s death. This is, of course, difficult to hear, especially for colleagues in Aberdeen, but it is important that this message is delivered to outline the impact L.I.S.T.E.N can have in preventing suicide in the future. There will also be in depth conversations about suicide and discussions around lived experience of Gender-Based Violence.

As a reminder, all staff at the University can access support from the Employee Assistance Programme (a 24/7 helpline), arrange a counselling or debrief session with our University Counselling Service or speak with their line manager to seek support for anything that L.I.S.T.E.N raises with them. You can also reach out to Nick Edwards (Deputy Director of People) or Lisa Kilgour (Student Support Adviser specialising in GBV prevention and support) to discuss any element of the training before, during, or after attending.

L.I.S.T.E.N training schedule 2024

New session dates will be advertised when they become available.

If you would like to attend a L.I.S.T.E.N session, please complete the expression of interest form.

Tackling sexual harassment in the workplace: A guide for managers

Featuring leading behavioural and legal experts combined with original drama and compelling first-person accounts, this course takes a fresh look at the nature of sexual harassment, setting out the moral and business case for tackling it and providing guidance on bringing about positive cultural change through the use of bystander interventions, robust sexual harassment policies and effective reporting systems.

This is an online course as part of the Skills Booster E-learning training provided by Staff Development and can be accessed at any time by visiting the Skill Boosters website.

Understanding and confronting sexual harassment at work

We all have a role to play in putting an end to sexual harassment in the workplace, whether it's by re-thinking our own attitudes and conduct, challenging the behaviour of others, supporting victims or working together to bring about cultural change in our organisation. Combining powerful drama and first-person stories with insight from leading behavioural experts and practical strategies for action, this short course examines the nature of sexual harassment in the workplace and its impact on staff and sets out practical steps for tackling the problem.

This is an online course as part of the Skills Booster E-learning training provided by Staff Development and can be accessed at any time by visiting the Skill Boosters website.

Training for students

Rape Crisis Scotland e-learning module

The training is an interactive, engaging Gender-Based Violence (GBV) E-learning module designed to give an overview of issues related to GBV. It uses a range of learning tools, such as quizzes, videos, and case studies to give students an introduction to the topic. The module includes signposting to support and self-care reminders throughout and takes around 40 minutes to complete.

The E-Learning module created by Rape Crisis Scotland gives a brief introduction to GBV issues for students. The module is developed specifically for the Scottish context and includes a gendered analysis in line with Equally Safe in Higer Education (ESHE), Scotland’s strategy to prevent violence against women and girls; Scotland-specific support information for survivors of GBV and their supporters; Scottish legislation and legal definitions; and links to the wider Equally Safe in Colleges and Universities project and the ESHE Toolkit.

Content included in the training

  • Facts and stats about GBV
  • How to be a supportive friend
  • Healthy relationships
  • Consent
  • The impact of GBV
  • Bystander intervention approaches
  • Support information for those affected by GBV

Instructions to enrol

  1. Follow this link to Blackboard
  2. You will see a message that says, “User is not enrolled”. Select “Click Here To Enrol”
  3. Click the “+Enrol” button in the Organisation Menu (on mobile this is hidden by default and must be opened using the menu button, top left)
  4. Click Submit
  5. Click OK