Bystander Intervention Programme

The Bystander Intervention Programme at UCC comprises six 1 hour workshops, with each workshop focusing on a specific topic. The overall aim of the Programme  is the development of a progressive and effective culture around the issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence at university. The Programme has been successfully piloted with 1st Year students across a number of Schools in a traditional classroom-based delivery and has now been transitioned to a blended-learning design.

Inspired by the Intervention Initiative developed by Dr Rachel Fenton of the University of Exeter and led at UCC by Dr Louise Crowley of the School of Law, the UCC workshop based bystander Intervention programme was piloted at UCC for two years with law, nursing and midwifery, and applied psychology students, compelling them to consider and act on their shared responsibilities in building a culture of zero tolerance to prevent and combat sexual harassment and violence, both on and off campus.

The programme connects to UCC’s Strategic plan, premised upon the core values of the university, including equality, respect and integrity, and serves to empower and upskill students to safely intervene and demand a safer campus and society with zero tolerance for verbal and physical sexual harassment.

The new blended-learning platform has been developed to ensure that the programme is now available to all 22,000 students at UCC, to develop on understanding of the key issue of consent and the boundaries surrounding sexual assault, rape and abusive relationships. The programme comprises 5 online Workshops, and 1 face-to-face workshop. Students will be introduced to the Active Bystander and Bystander Intervention Theory, as well as the social normalisation of inappropriate behaviours. Students will learn to recognise that sexual and domestic violence are a serious problem in society and in student populations and will become familiar with effective intervention strategies which can be translated to all situations.

Registration for the programme is now open, and students can self-enrol through Canvas at this link. Students who complete all 6 Workshops and an associated assignment will receive a Digital Badge.

The Blended-Learning Programme

Students can now register for the Programme by clicking on the registration button on the homepage.

Who can sign-up?

Any student, currently registered with UCC, can sign-up for the Programme.

How is the Programme delivered?

The Programme comprises six 1-hour Workshops. The first 5 Workshops are delivered online through Canvas. The last Workshop is a classroom-based Workshop.

What will I receive for completing the Programme?

All students who complete each of the six Workshops and the assignment will be awarded a Digital Badge.

Why should I complete this Programme?

The Bystander Intervention Programme at UCC provides students with an understanding of key issues related to sexual and domestic violence, as well as enables students to develop key intervention skills which can be utilised in any setting.

The key learning outcomes. On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Recognise that sexual and domestic violence are a serious problem in society and in student populations
  • Learn bystander intervention theory
  • Improve their knowledge and understanding about rape and sexual assault
  • Accept that individuals can often be mistaken about others’ beliefs and values (social norms theory)
  • Recognise the links between sexist attitudes, discriminatory practices and gender based violence
  • Be familiar with intervention strategies
  • Know where to go for help and / or support in cases of rape, assault or abuse
  • Be confident to use intervention strategies in everyday life
  • Improve their communication and leadership skills for the future

About the Face to Face Workshops

The programme comprises 5 online workshops and 1 face-to-face workshop.

The face-to-face workshops are the 6th workshop of the programme and will be organised in a timely manner, based on the uptake of the programme. As students complete the 5 hours online training, the in person workshops will be organised and will involve approximately 15 students.

Students who have completed the 5 hours online will email bystander@ucc.ie to confirm completion and will be notified of their in-person workshop details.