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Guardian Awards recognition for All About Respect

Published: 11 April 2019

Staff and students from the all about respect projects in front of Lord Mayors Walk entrance

The project is designed and delivered by YSJ students

All About Respect was launched to strengthen the prevention of sexual violence, sexual harassment and domestic abuse on campus, and has now blossomed into a city-wide initiative. The entire project has been driven, designed and delivered by our innovative students who now inspire communities across York. 

York St John and York College students determined the content of the primary prevention materials, designed the branding, attended All About Respect training and helped analyse the survey data. They also worked with local specialist charities Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) and Survive, who support survivors of rape and sexual abuse, to embed a culture of respect. This has now grown to the students themselves leading campaigns, performing their creative work and delivering workshops to others in the York community. It has also led to the implementation of an innovative Report and Support site for students to access information and anonymously report incidents of sexual violence, harassment or abuse. 

The project has been recognised as an entry that really stood out for The Guardian Universities’ judging panel, named Runner-up for the Student Experience Award, in a category that was won by a mental health project at Newcastle University.

 “It is fantastic to receive recognition through the Guardian Award nomination as All About Respect has grown to be a strong collaboration between students, staff and local support organisations and has definitely enhanced student experience at YSJU,” said Gemma Linfoot-King, project manager.

“It has been a real privilege to work with our creative and extremely talented students at York St John University over the last 18 months, who clearly have a passion to make a difference. I have been amazed by the ideas and innovation they have brought to the project. “

Read more about All About Respect.

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