University of Nottingham to create micro-courses to tackle hate crime and harassment – FE News


The University of Nottingham has engaged London-based EdTech start-up GoodCourse to co-create a new style of micro-learning course to raise awareness about misogyny and hate crime.

As thousands of new students explore their city and independent life for the first time, a new micro-learning approach – informed by groundbreaking research for law enforcement – ​​will help educate students on how to protect themselves. each other.

The university approached GoodCourse for a new type of learning proposal, which includes short, accessible videos to capture the attention of a new generation.

The courses are specially designed to resemble the familiar social media apps students use every day, but will incorporate Nottingham’s award-winning research into hate crime and misogyny.

Louise Mullany, professor of sociolinguistics at the University of Nottingham, a leading expert on the language of hate crimes, will lead the project. Her work has fueled the review of street harassment by the National Council of Police Chiefs and the Women’s and Equalities Select Committee, contributing to proposed amendments to the Upskirting Bill and the government tasking the Right to review hate crime laws in 2019.

After the rollout, the team is keen to ensure that universities in the area can use the co-created courses to make young people safer across the country.

Prof Katherine Linehan, Professional Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and People, at the University of Nottingham, said:

“Meaningful change on these important issues of equity and inclusion cannot be achieved with academic rigor alone. Being able to reach out and engage everyone in conversation is crucial to effecting change and progress.

“Through our partnership with GoodCourse, we are excited to be leading the way in using new technologies to engage a much wider audience on these topics.”

Chris Mansfield, Co-Founder, GoodCourse says:

“The fact that equity and inclusion training is still often only taken by a minority – who are often already very engaged in the subject matter – makes it incredibly difficult to create meaningful change. This is why we are so happy to partner with Nottingham, to make learning and training on these important issues much more accessible and engaging.

“Nottingham has unparalleled academic expertise on the subject, which will be instrumental in creating effective, research-backed microlearning courses.”

About the University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience, and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our students. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, who has seen us lead the way by establishing campuses in China and Malaysia – part of a connected global network of education, research and development. industrial commitment.

Ranked 18th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings 2023, the university’s state-of-the-art facilities and provision of inclusive and disabled sports are reflected in its crowning glory as The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Sports University of the Year twice in three years, most recently in 2021. We are ranked seventh for search power in the UK according to REF 2021.

We have six beacons of research excellence that help transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner – local and global. Alongside Nottingham Trent University, we lead the Universities for Nottingham initiative, a pioneering collaboration that brings together the combined strength and civic missions of Nottingham’s two world-class universities and works with local communities and partners to help to recovery and renewal after the COVID-19 pandemic.

About GoodCourse

GoodCourse is the mobile micro-learning platform, designed to reach and engage frontline staff and students on issues in the area of ​​equity, inclusion and harassment prevention. The company is a team of technology and learning design experts, backed by VC, whose mission is to solve the challenge of learner engagement – ​​on the topics that matter.

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