If you think you or someone you know is being sexually assaulted there is a variety of support options available to both students and staff.  

                   For students and staff 


Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVAs). The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) work with anyone in Surrey whose life has been affected by rape or sexual abuse, whether recently or in the past. The RASASC ISVAs are trained to look after the needs of a survivor of rape or sexual violence to ensure they receive the best possible care and understanding. 

Contact them and ask to speak to an adviser in confidence. ISVAs are there to provide information to ensure an individual can make a decision that is right for them. 

Centre for Wellbeing: the University’s team of professional counsellors, and mental health workers offers confidential support. 

Buryfields Clinic offers free and confidential sexual health services and is only a 15-minute walk from Stag Hill campus. 

Chaplaincy: our chaplains are from many different faiths and beliefs.  We also have non-faith or spiritual chaplains.

LGBTQI Equality Group: the group exists to further equality for LGBT staff, students and the wider LGBT community. It acts as a lead on the University’s initiatives within the framework of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme and helps to formulate and advise University initiatives to encourage greater representation of the LGBT community in all areas of University life.

Rainbow Allies: a group of staff and students who show their commitment to the LGBTQI Community here at Surrey by agreeing to a number of pledges and demonstrating their support via door/computer stickers, mugs and badges.

Faith and Belief Forum: the Faith and Belief Forum serves as a place of common ground for different faith and belief communities to contribute to the diversity of the University community and be valued for that.

                              For students 


National Health Service: NHS surgeries in the area provide support with a range of physical health and wellbeing issues. You can also use the NHS service search or call 0300 311 22 33 for details of other local surgeries. 

University of Surrey Students Union (USSU) is a free confidential, impartial service where students can get advice and information on academic and personal issues, including advice on procedures and representation at hearings.  

Student Life Mentoring: Student Life Mentors are experienced students who are there to help you settle in, make friends, and to act as an approachable and accessible welfare presence throughout the year. They are there to answer any questions you may have about student life and to provide you with helpful information. 

Wardens are responsible for the general welfare and good conduct within the halls of residence.

Personal tutors are there to support your academic, personal and professional development throughout your time at Surrey. They will refer you to appropriate academic, welfare and support services when necessary. Tutors follow a Code of practice for personal tutoring to ensure they are delivering the best possible help to you. 

Extenuating circumstances: if you feel your studies have been affected by what has happened you can consider applying for extenuating circumstances (ECs). Your faculty’s ECs team will be able to provide more information:
 

                                For staff 


Human Resources: if you are a member of staff or manager your HR contact will be able to identify the support that’s available for you.

Trade unions: there are three trade unions that represent staff at the University: Unison, Unite and UCU. 

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.  

provide a range of occupational health services including, absence management. health surveillance, health screening, work station assessments, policy design, on site assistance/clinics, disability at work, and health promotion. 

             Other sources of support 


Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) work with anyone in Surrey whose life has been affected by rape or sexual abuse, whether recently or in the past. 

Solace Centre offers free support and practical help to anyone in Surrey who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse. 

Galop is a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer people affected by sexual violence. 

The National Stalking Helpline can give you information and advice on support and options available to you. 

MALE is an advice line for male victims of domestic abuse. 

Victim Support help anyone who has been the victim of a crime. They can support you coping with the after-effects of crime and help with reporting to the police. 

         Relevant training available for staff 

 
LGBT Awareness: designed to build the knowledge and confidence of the delegates to feel more knowledgeable around the LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex plus) community, and confident in supporting LGBTQI+ individuals.

Building Disability Confidence: designed to build the knowledge and confidence of the delegates to feel more knowledgeable about the subject of disability, and confident to support and manage disabled individuals. 

Unconscious Bias: enables you to explore how we may all be biased and the impact this may have.  

Mental Health Awareness for Managers Masterclass: provides an opportunity for managers to explore the key role they play in spotting the signs of poor mental health, engaging with the issue and supporting their team. 

For more information about available training, please visit our Learning and Development website. 
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