The Counselling and Wellbeing team provide support for students in crisis or who are seeking emotional support. We have a team of qualified counsellors and a Mental Health Adviser that you can talk to in confidence if you have been affected by sexual violence or other forms of misconduct, such as harassment or stalking. They are here to listen. They can also provide you with information about your options, and can assist you to access additional support from external organisations - such a professional advice or medical help - if this is what you need.
Student Support Services and Rape Crisis Forth Valley are working in partnership to provide support for students or staff affected by sexual violence in the Stirling area.
Those affected can contact Rape Crisis independently using their contact details on our external agencies page. Students can first have a chat with an Adviser in Student Support Services if they want to talk through their options first.
The Student Services Hub can help if you have an enquiry about anything relating to your student experience. Visit, call or email our friendly team of Hub Assistants if you want to make an appointment with a student counsellor. You do not have to tell the team what you want to talk about when you make your appointment.
Tel: 01786 466022
Visit: Cottrell, 2A1, just inside the Queen's Court entrance
If you have been affected by sexual violence at University, Accommodation Service may also be able to provide support. However, we recommend that you first of all contact the Counselling and Wellbeing Service to get support. If required, they can help you to make contact with Accommodation Services.
You may prefer to talk initially with a member of staff from the Students' Union. Call, email or drop into the Students’ Union office and your enquiry will be handled in confidence and directed to the person who may best help you. If you know it is an issue with which you may need academic representation or support, then email the Academic Representation and Development Coordinator, Lynn Maher firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01786 467188.
You may feel you can speak to your personal tutor or another member of the teaching staff. You can also talk to the Student Adviser in Student Support Services, who can provide you with information on local counsellors and other support that you can access. You can also contact support organisations in your area:
RASASH (Rape and Sexual Abuse Service Highlands):
The Survivors Trust:
If you wish to report a crime you can telephone the non-emergency police number 101. In an emergency, the police can be contacted on 999
You can report an incident of sexual violence or misconduct to the University by first of all talking to a trained member of staff who will support you through the process.
Students can ask to speak to a Student Counsellor by making an appointment via the Student Services Hub. Our counsellors are trained professionals who will listen to you without judging, and will provide you with information on your options. Alternatively, you can make an appointment with Rape Crisis Forth Valley. This is an independent service, and the University will not know that you have made an appointment with them.
If you choose to make a formal complaint, you will be able to do this by submitting a formal complaint form. Our Student Support team will be able to guide you through this process and will be on hand to provide and/or refer you for further support.
Staff can formally report an incident relating to the workplace by either contacting their line manager or their HR Partner. Alternatively, you might want to talk in confidence to an Anti-Bullying and Harassment Contact. They are not trained specialists in sexual violence, but they will be able to guide you through the process of making a formal complaint to the University.
Staff who have been affected by sexual violence outwith the workplace can choose to report externally e.g. to the Police, to contact Rape Crisis for support, or to tell someone they trust at work. The HR Partner team or the Anti-Bullying and Harassment Contacts will be able to guide you through the process of contacting the police, if that is what you wish to do, or accessing support e.g. through Occupational Health.
More detailed protocols on formally reporting an incident to the University – for staff and students – will be developed and made available during 2017.
You may wish to make an appointment with your nearest Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) – in Scotland, this is Archway in Glasgow.
The Archway is a specialist service made up of a team of experts experienced in caring for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. This includes basic medical attention, forensic examination, emergency contraception, sexual health screening, advice and counselling.
Anyone who is over 13 years old and has been raped or sexually assaulted in the last 7 days can visit Archway.
It is entirely up to you to decide what services you use and what choices you make at Archway. For example, you may wish to have sexual health screening tests but not undergo a forensic examination. Or you may choose to have a forensic examination so that evidence of the assault can be collected, but you may not wish to report the incident to the Police. The choice will remain yours throughout the process, and your visit will be entirely confidential.
Find out more at Archway Glasgow.