OUR SPACE: Oxford Understanding Relationships, Sex, Power, Abuse, and Consent Experiences

Two figures, their faces interconnecting, Our Space

Funded by: Van Houten Fund,

The University of Oxford,

The Social Sciences and

Humanities Research Council

Start date: February 1, 2021

End date: September 1, 2022

Project overview

OUR SPACE (Oxford Understanding Relationships, Sex, Power, Abuse, and Consent Experiences) is a research study focused on attitudes and experiences regarding sexual harassment and violence among students attending the University of Oxford. The purpose of conducting this study is to better understand an important aspect of culture and student life at the University of Oxford.

All University of Oxford students over the age of 18 will be asked to participate in this research in May and June 2021 by completing an online survey. Every student currently enrolled at the University of Oxford will receive a link to a consent form and the survey by email.  By completing this survey students will have the opportunity to further the safety and wellness of all students. Findings will be used to assist the University in further fostering a non-discriminatory environment and improving the student support services available.  

If you have any questions please get in touch with the research team over email ourspace@spi.ox.ac.uk.

For information on sexual violence support services that the University of Oxford offers please visit the Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service.

For resources regarding challenges related to sexual violence and harassment that you may be facing and what you can do to address these challenges please visit the University of Oxford’s compiled list of surviving traumatic events resources.

How to participate

 

The OUR SPACE survey is now closed. Thank you for your participation.

 

Research Ethics Approval (CUREC 2) 
Ref No: R73805/RE001 

 

Gillian Hamnett, Director of Student Welfare and Support Services;

Pete Mandeville, Student Welfare Service Lead;

 

 

1.    Why is this research being conducted?

The purpose of conducting this study is to understand an important aspect of culture and student life at the University of Oxford. By completing this survey, students will have the opportunity to further the safety and wellness of their peers. Findings will be used to assist the University in further fostering a non-discriminatory environment and improving support services available for students.  

2.    Why have I been invited to take part?

You are being asked to participate in this research by completing this survey. Every student over the age of 18 currently enrolled at the University of Oxford will receive this email.  

3.    Do I have to take part?

No. Your participation is voluntary and you are under no obligation to complete this survey. 

4.    Are my responses anonymous and confidential?

Your responses will be confidential and remain anonymous. Your responses will not be connected to your name or email address.  

5.    When will I get an email asking me to participate?

All students will be sent an email invitation during Trinity Term 2021. 

6.    Will the results be published?

The research will be published in a Doctoral thesis, in academic publications, and through a report that will be sent to survey respondents and available to the University of Oxford community. 

7.    I have a question about this study, who do I contact?

If you would like to discuss the research agenda or the survey with someone beforehand (or if you have questions afterwards), please contact: ourspace@spi.ox.ac.uk