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Sexual Harassment and Violence Specialist Practitioner

Student Life

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,348 to £39,745 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 17 August 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1918922EW

The University of Southampton is seeking a specialist professional to join our Wellbeing team as a Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Practitioner.  The post sits within the Wellbeing Team and will engage and liaise with both internal and external partners.  The Practitioner will work with a caseload of students to provide advice and support to issues such as safeguarding concerns, emotional wellbeing, mental health difficulties and academic concerns. In particular, the practitioner will work with students who have or are experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, discrimination and hate crime. The practitioner will also play a key role in raising awareness, fostering stakeholder relationships, and promoting the ‘Expect Respect’ agenda to the university community. The Student Wellbeing Team plays a significant role in enhancing the quality of our students’ experience, and to achieve this, strong collaboration is required with colleagues in other areas of the University, such as the student hub, faculties, student discipline and many other areas.

The Wellbeing Practitioner team is part of the Student Wellbeing Service.  The service offer includes:  a 24/7 Open Door drop-in service, wellbeing workshops, events, a team of wellbeing practitioners, self-help resources and short-term counselling. 

Services offered by Student Services range from an Early Years Centre providing a childcare facility for children up to the age of 5 to our 24/7 wellbeing support provision for students, as well as some of the biggest and best leisure facilities in the area.

To find out more about the work of Student Services please visit our website


Main duties include:

  • To provide specialist support and guidance to students who have experienced sexual misconduct, harassment or bullying.
  • To lead on prevention activities including the roll out of suitable training and awareness raising campaigns targeted at our student body.
  • To work as part of the University Wellbeing Service and support students to improve their wellbeing with a strength based approach; Managing a case load of students by providing individual one to one support within a short-term support model.
  • Contribute to risk reviews and risk management strategies.
  • Contribute to the management processes of those student cases that present as a concern.
  • To represent the University at external events, linking with the community and other service providers. 
  • Duty practitioner for the Open-door service between the core hours of 9 – 5 a minimum of once a week. 
  • Proficiently using Microsoft Teams to conduct remote online video appointments to meet the students’ needs and use data management systems to manage your caseload of students.
  • Offering a flexible approach with excellent planning, communication and organisational skills and be willing to take an active role in the development of the service.
  • Contribute to University wide projects with specialist knowledge.
  • Actively promote the work of the Wellbeing Team both within the University and the wider local community, including offering support and training to staff across the University.
  • Ensure all records are updated in a timely and accurate manner. 



The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, and proven experience in relevant sectors (mental health nurses, teachers, counsellors, social workers, mental health advisors, community workers, probation officers etc); If you have experience of working with a diverse student population, those impacted by wellbeing concerns or by Sexual Harm and Violence and are passionate about raising awareness we welcome your application. Successful candidates must have a relevant degree or be able to demonstrate an equivalent skill level and/or hold a relevant specialist qualification.   An understanding of working within a Higher Education setting would be beneficial but is not essential. 

This permanent post is offered on a full-time basis, working 35 hours a week, part-time working applications also welcome.  The roles offer flexible working with a blend of on campus and home working. The successful candidate will get involved in the wider Wellbeing Team’s outreach work on some weekends spread across the academic calendar. The position offers a starting salary of £31,406 rising to £38,587 through length of service.   Generous annual leave entitlement of 30 days a year, plus 6 set University closure days over the Christmas and Easter period.   

The service gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly, and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. For further information please visit

We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity to meet the needs of our diverse student population. We select candidates based on merit and ability and aspire to thrive in the diversity of our workforce.  We particularly encourage Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME), LGBTQ+ and disabled applicants to apply for this position. We are strongly committed to diversity in both the academic and student population. As such, we are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and we are immensely proud to have been awarded an institutional Athena SWAN silver award, which underpins our pledge to improve equality for women.  If you would like more information about this vacancy, please contact

Lead Practitioner Gemma Charles – or Team Leader Nerys Sharp – 

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Lauren Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 1918922EW on all correspondence.


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