Support following sexual assault, harassment or rape

The University is committed to creating a culture where everyone can study, live and work safely and free from any form of harassment.

If you have experienced sexual assault, harassment or rape there is support available, and you can have control over the type of support you receive. You will find below the support services that you can access through the University or externally.

You will be believed, you will be taken seriously, you won't be pressured to make a formal report.

It is never your fault.

The Wellbeing Service

The team provides comprehensive university support for any issue of harassment, violence or misconduct.


The University's Wellbeing Advisers can provide and coordinate the support you need, from advice on how to tackle inappropriate comments, to comprehensive support following sexual assault or rape. This could include:

  • simply listening to you
  • explaining your options for making a formal complaint, should you wish to do so. The Wellbeing team will not pressure you to make a formal report, but they will be available to support you if you wish to do so
  • arranging referrals to the Counselling and Mental Health team on campus
  • arranging referrals or transport to the Police, The Bridge, or to hospital
  • reviewing your safety arrangements on campus
  • rearranging your class schedule
  • making a short-term change to housing arrangements
  • offering funding support for extra costs such as a long-term housing change
  • sensitively informing other University staff about your situation on your behalf
  • making alternative exam arrangements, including location adjustments or individual mitigating circumstances
  • arranging an Individual Study Programme if you are unable to return to campus

The SU (Students' Union) Advice & Support Centre

The centre provides independent, professional, non-judgmental information and advice for any issue of harassment, violence or misconduct.


The SU Advisors are here to listen and give you information and advice regarding your reporting and support options as well as academic processes. Our support may include:

  • listening to you
  • explaining the support options available to you both within the University and local community
  • helping you to explore what support services suit you best
  • explaining your reporting options, including reporting to the Police and University complaints. We will not pressure you to report or complaint but can support you if you chose to do so
  • supporting you through the reporting and complaints process, including reviewing your paperwork
  • supporting you with academic processes such as Individual Mitigating Circumstances (IMCs) or Academic appeals if your performance has been affected

The Bridge

This external centre offers medical care, emotional and psychological support, and practical help to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.


The Bridge is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based in Bristol.

It doesn’t matter when you were assaulted, where it happened or who did it. They will listen to your experience and help you to get the support you choose.

If you live in South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, North Somerset or Bath and North East Somerset, their specialist team is there for you.

They also offer information to friends and family if someone you care about has been affected by sexual assault.

The Bridge can provide:

  • emotional and psychological support
  • medical care, including sexual health
  • practical help
  • free counselling for you, and family or friends
  • information about making a report to the Police

If you are struggling to get to The Bridge (based in Bristol) please contact the Wellbeing team who will assist you. You won't need to disclose any further information if you don't want to. You can just ask for help getting to The Bridge.

Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS)

SARSAS provides support to people who have experienced rape or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives.


SARSAS is a specialist support service for people in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, or South Gloucestershire, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives.

It can offer support in the following ways:

  • information
  • emotional and practical support
  • 1-1 support by phone or face-to-face
  • specialist counselling
  • facilitated support groups
  • support resources

SARSAS also supports the friends and family of people affected by sexual violence.

Security

If you are worried about your safety on campus, please contact our Security team.


The Security team is here to help at all times. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Many of the officers have received specialist training in how to support victims of violence, including sexual violence. Security works very closely with Student Services and The SU.

If you are worried about your safety at any time, or you have been harassed, assaulted or raped, please talk to our security team. You can always find a security officer at the Library Reception desk or contact them on 01225383999 (emergency) or 01225385349 (general enquiry).

Security staff will always be pleased to help, support and advise using their knowledge and experience.