Responding to Advance HE's "Evaluation of Safeguarding Students Catalyst Fund Projects" report Sarah Lasoye, NUS National Women's Officer, said:
“NUS welcomes the new report from Advance HE, offering a comprehensive evaluation of recent Catalyst funded projects developed to tackle issues of sexual violence, hate crime and online harassment in universities.
"While highlighting the successes of these projects, the report also points out areas for further development for higher education institutions - a useful tool for all universities looking to begin their work on these issues or move closer to best practice.
"These evaluations also do well to remind us of the transformative power of well-resourced projects, when developed and led collaboratively by groups of students and staff.
"Historically, efforts towards tackling issues of sexual violence and hate crime on university campuses have been shouldered the most marginalised students. The work of these Catalyst funded projects to: improve university reporting and disciplinary procedures; provide support for student survivors; train staff members in handling cases of harassment and hate crime; and deliver workshops to transform university cultures, is incredibly encouraging, and we hope they are the beginning of lasting institutional commitments and campaigning work to eradicate these issues.”