The #NotOn Campaign

The Guild of Students and the University of Birmingham believe that sexual harassment is not acceptable.Together, we are committed to tackling sexual harassment and believe staff and students have the right to live and study in a safe and supportive environment.

We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming community that is free from harassment.

Sexual harassment comes in many forms. It can be physical, emotional, and verbal – anything that makes another person feel uncomfortable or intimidated. Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Unwanted groping
  • Uninvited kisses and/or bodily contact
  • Wolf whistling
  • Catcalling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Sexually based insults, jokes, songs or taunts

We believe that you should never have to put up with sexual harassment. You should never be made to feel uncomfortable by another individual.

Whether this occurs in bars, on campus, on public transport or online, and by whomever - people you know or complete strangers, we say that this is NOT ON.

It is for this reason that the Guild of Students and the University of Birmingham have launched Not on – a campaign against sexual harassment, and we urge all staff and students to stand together in challenging the behavior around you.

Sexual harassment is not on, not in our community and not on our campus.

What is the Not On campaign?

Not On is a joint campaign, launched by the University of Birmingham and the Guild of Students, to raise awareness about sexual harassment issues. This is in response to National Students Union research into emerging ‘lad culture’ and sexual harassment that some students may face during their time at university.

The aim of the campaign is to promote an environment in which sexual harassment of any kind is deemed to be wholly unacceptable and to enable students to have the knowledge, ability and confidence to report and take action against all forms of sexual harassment.

The Guild of Students and the University of Birmingham urge all students and staff to join our campaign against sexual harassment, by challenging the behaviors around you and signing the ‘Not on’ pledge below.

Not On Workshop

This year the University have awarded the Guild some funding to recruit 4 Not On Student Ambassadors. Supported by Guild Advice, the Ambassadors are rolling out a one hour workshop that looks at consent in relation to sexual harassment, showing students how to look after themselves and their friends on a night out. Workshops can be arranged for UoB Student Societies, Committees, Teams or Groups by clicking here. Please note, workshops can only be delivered to established groups of students at present (maximum 20 at any one time).

 *All groups that complete the workshop will receive the ‘Not On Approved’ stamp which can be used on all your communications.*

In time we will be offering open access workshops for individual students to book on to. For more information about the amazing work our Ambassadors do please visit our campaigns page or contact


“You report, we support”

The University of Birmingham is committed to ensuring a safe and supportive environment for all students and to responding appropriately to any incidents of sexual assault. As part of our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our students the University will be introducing an on-line reporting tool. This reporting tool has been designed specifically for students who have been sexually assaulted. Support and advice will be available to any student that reports an incident of sexual assault.

The on-line reporting form will be available from the start of the 2016/17 academic year at

Sign the pledge now...

We are all responsible for creating an inclusive and welcoming campus. Students staff and visitors have the right to study, work, live and socialise in a safe and supportive place.

We have the power to say sexual harassment is Not On. We can challenge the behaviours around us and educate ourselves on the experiences of others.

I pledge:

  • To take action to prevent sexual harassment, and to support others to do so too.
  • To not tolerate, condone or ignore sexual harassment of any kind. I will challenge sexual harassment.
  • To educate myself and others about sexual harassment – to learn what it is, how it makes people feel and why it’s Not On.

At Birmingham, we say sexual harassment is Not On.

What to do if you experience sexual harassment

If you experience sexual harassment we can provide you with the help, advice and guidance you need.

  • Guild’s Advice provides provide free, impartial and confidential information and advice.
  • The University’s Harassment Advice Service is free, confidential and open to anyone, staff or student, who wants to talk about harassment.
  • To find out more about the University of Birmingham’s full range of support services and resources, visit the Support for Students website.

Contact Us

Comm. Wardens - 0121 415 8968

Guild Advice - 0121 415 8965

Guild Lettings - 0121 415 8376

Student Mentors - 0121 415 8967

Global Buddies - 0121 415 8984






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