Become a Trainer

The SRC are once again recruiting trainers to help deliver our pioneering “Let’s Talk About Sexual Violence” workshops.  Read more about becoming a trainer and how to apply

We are looking for enthusiastic students with an interest in tackling gender-based violence. You don’t need any previous training experience and this is a fantastic opportunity to build your skills by being part of a ground-breaking project that has already delivered workshops to over 900 students at the University of Glasgow and has had national press attention!

Background to the project

In 2016, the Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council and Glasgow Caledonian University piloted a student-led initiative in partnership with Rape Crisis Scotland. Students at both universities wanted to do something to tackle sexual violence, building on student activism such as the Let’s Talk campaign. So we developed a programme for students with a keen interest in challenging sexual violence to be trained and supported to deliver workshops to other students.

The key principles and approaches we decided on were:

  • Encouraging community ownership and engagement
  • Participatory workshops, not ‘lectures’
  • Developing empathy with survivors of sexual violence and creating a supportive ethos
  • Understanding sexual violence as cause and consequence of gender inequality
  • Constructively challenging unhelpful attitudes, but not antagonistic
  • Focusing on preventing perpetration, rather than ‘keeping yourself safe’ messages.

Are you interested?

With the success of the training over the past two years, we are continuing to work tirelessly to ensure its growth. Therefore, we are looking for people of any age and gender, with a commitment to equality and non-violence, to join our pool of trainers. If you possess an interest in challenging sexual violence and promoting student engagement with the issues, we would love to hear from you.

What’s the commitment?

  • Take part in a four-day initial training course (27th-30th August inclusive)
  • Commit to working collaboratively, supportively and constructively with fellow trainers
  • Deliver workshops to students at your university, which will be organised by GUSRC
  • Take part in ongoing practice development sessions – approximately 2-3 over the coming year
  • Contribute your ideas and feedback to help shape the programme for the future

The benefits of being trained are:

  • Access to comprehensive free training provided by Rape Crisis Scotland
  • The opportunity to be involved in creating positive social and cultural change
  • Improved knowledge around the causes of sexual violence and the approaches for preventing and responding to gender-based violence in society
  • Recognition of your involvement in the project recorded on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report)
  • Development of your team-working, presentation and facilitation skills leading to improved graduate attributes

The training includes:

  • Plenty of time for discussions, sharing ideas and learning from each other
  • What sexual violence is, and what the different forms are
  • The impacts of sexual violence
  • An overview of the criminal justice process
  • How the media reports on sexual violence
  • How to respond if someone discloses sexual violence during a workshop, and support and referral pathways at your university
  • Working with groups and responding to tricky questions
  • Consent and bystander approaches
  • Practice facilitating the activities you would deliver
  • Lunch and refreshments will be provided

If you are interested in becoming a trainer, please fill in the application form before 5pm on Friday 10th August. Place are limited, so do ensure you complete your application in time.

Should you have any questions about the form itself, the training, or the project in general, feel free to get in touch with Thaïs Ramdani, the project assistant, at projects@src.gla.ac.uk or Fatemeh Nokhbeh, the Vice-President Student Support at vp-support@src.gla.ac.uk

If you have any questions about accessibility, equal opportunities or availability throughout the week of training please do not hesitate to contact us.