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Active Bystander Training

Equipping you with the knowledge and skills to intervene safely when you witness sexual violence.

What is Active Bystander Training?

Active Bystander training sessions are your opportunity to get involved, get trained and play a role in changing campus cultures and battling sexual violence right here in our own community.

Join us for a free, highly interactive ninety minute, which uses a community responsibility approach to teach bystanders how to safely intervene in instances where an incident may be occurring, or where someone may be at risk. The curriculum has been developed by the University of New Hampshire’s ‘Bringing In The Bystander’ programme, and it will teach you a robust and evidence-based set of skills to identify and intervene in instances of misconduct.

The training includes how to:

  • Identify behaviours on a spectrum of violence.
  • Develop empathy for those who have experienced violence.
  • Practice safe and appropriate intervention skills.
  • Commit to intervene before, during and after an incident of sexual violence, harassment, abuse or misconduct occurs.

Why should you become an Active Bystander?

You will help to create an environment of support and awareness, by challenging cultures of sexual violence at Goldsmiths and in our local community.

  • To learn safe, thoughtful and creative intervention methods to diffuse situations that may cause harm to yourself or others.
  • Enhance your leadership skills by modelling what you've learned with your sports team, society, or other student groups.
  • Apply these skills to your future career: you can list the Active Bystander training on your CV when applying for jobs, especially useful in charity, business, or university sectors.
  • Others like it! Nearly 200 students have now taken part in training - 99% said they were satisfied with the training and 98% said that it increased their motivation to be an Active Bystander.

Student Testimonies

We spoke to two students who've already taken part in the training to find out what they thought...
‘I learnt loads of practical techniques,’ says Melanie Reeve, who is studying an MA in Literary Studies (Shakespeare pathway).

‘I heard about the Active Bystander training at Goldsmiths through the posters at enrolment. I decided to give it a go because I was intrigued and genuinely interested in how I could make a difference.

I went alone and thought the two facilitators were warm and welcoming. It was well structured, with activities and timings clearly communicated. I thought a video they showed us was well-chosen, offering some really practical suggestions for safe intervention.

My main reason for attending was because I wanted to learn some practical techniques for effective intervention. I hoped the session would allay my fear of this kind of confrontation – and it certainly did!

I absolutely think I’ve learnt something valuable from the session. The most valuable thing for me was understanding and seeing techniques to engage with other “bystanders” in a situation, as they can be a valuable resource. If you haven’t already popped along for a session, I’d recommend it to everyone within the Goldsmiths community!’


‘This training should be mandatory,’ says Hamna Imran, who is studying Applied Social Sciences Community Development and Youth Work 

‘I heard about the training through the Societies Coordinator. I also saw it on Facebook and my friends saw it on the Goldsmiths app. I decided to go because I knew it would be super useful and also because of the degree, very relevant. To be honest, I think the training should be mandatory for everyone.

The class was run very smoothly. It felt like a safe space and everyone was given a chance to share their own experiences. There was no pressure so it was very easy going and the time flew by.

I now feel a lot more aware of my surroundings, and would be more comfortable to confront or challenge a situation in the future, something I perhaps wouldn’t have been able to do in the past. 

I loved the training so much that I’m trying to get the members of my society (I’m treasurer of the Pakistani society) to give it a go too.’