Any form of assault is not okay. 

The definition of assault is:

Inflicting intentional or reckless harm towards another individual is the general definition of assault in the United Kingdom. Assaults are typically referred to as offences against the person. Harm encompasses both physical and psychological harm, which includes causing someone to fear for their own safety.


  • Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can contact the emergency services on 999 (or 112 from a mobile phone).
  • Find a safe space.  If an incident has just happened, try and find somewhere you feel safe. 
  • Do you think you have experienced an assault? It might be useful to think about what is meant by an assault, and how these behaviours are described in order to decide what to do next.  


  • Report and Support.  Students and staff are encouraged to report an incident using the University‚Äôs Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously, which will allow us to investigate if there are multiple instances in one area, or you can create a report with contact details so the University can take necessary action, in confidence.
  • University Procedure. If you choose to make a formal complaint to the University about a student or member of staff, there are procedures that set out the steps you will need to follow.   The University staff and student Dignity and Respect Policy and staff Bullying and Harassment Policy can provide more information. 
Get Support 
  • Find out what support is available if you think you have been assaulted.

 Mental Health and Wellbeing


There are two ways you can tell us what happened