Earlier this week (Tues 9 Nov), saw the important launch of a new student safety campaign, ‘Not In College’, that has been designed with our Students’ Union representatives. The campaign is inviting all our students to take a hard stand against bullying, violence and aggression, hate and harassment, and abuse of any kind.
The campaign was launched jointly at the City Hub in collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police, who ahead of Anti-Bullying Week 2021 next week, are installing temporary metal detection units around several of our campuses this week. Working with our wonderful team of security staff and curriculum staff, who our students see on a regular basis, to increase the visibility of the Not in College initiative. The arch is a way of keeping our students and campuses safe.
Banners and information is being posted around our campuses this week and it says that: “We will not tolerate any form of harassment, intimidation, violence abuse or vandalism at Nottingham College.”
Our new ‘Spot it, Stop it’ campaign is designed to give our students a quick and easy way of reporting anything that causes them concern, anonymously. Meaning that if they are worried about themselves, a friend, or a classmate then they can use this tool to report it. Trained staff members can investigate the report and act quickly and effectively where necessary.
Our college is huge and amazingly diverse. More than 25,000 people walk through our doors every year as students and we’re all on our own path.
One thing that unites us is that we all deserve to be here, and we all deserve to be in a safe place, free from harm, harassment, aggression, hate and victimisation. We can and will thrive here if we can remove any fear of these things getting in the way of our learning and our experience.- Natalia Maziarz - Student Union President
Mohammed Ramzan, Deputy Principal - Curriculum, Quality and Student Experience said:
Our students are spearheading an eye-catching campaign that demonstrates they are not only taking their safety and wellbeing seriously, they are also taking ownership of the standards of behaviour they expect from their peers.
"A range of activities have surrounded this campaign launch, including the Police Week of Action before half term, a revised tutorial programme to accommodate more student led conversations about safety, wellbeing and crime, and this week we have the Police’s metal detection units doing a tour of our city centre campuses before making their way further afield to Basford and Highfields.
"Pride in their college, respect for their learning environment and positive and proactive action to stamp out bullying, hate, violence and intimidation of any kind is at the core of this student-led campaign and we’re very proud to be launching it with them this week.- Mohammed Ramzan