Equally Safe in Colleges and Universities Working Group

Role of the group

The Working Group's aims are to:

  • support the adaptation of the Equally Safe in Higher Education Toolkit for use by colleges and support the roll out of the Toolkit across both colleges and universities
  • identify and work on, as appropriate, issues and responses that may need further refinement
  • devise and plan ways to utilise the next Fresher's Weeks and parallel college arrangements, to raise awareness and provide information

Before October 2018 this working group was called 'Equally Safe in Further and Higher Education'.

Find out more about the Equally Safe Strategy.

This Working Group has two sub-groups:


  • Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science
  • Mrs Fiona Drouet, Emily Test
  • Gareth Allen, Strategic Lead Higher Education Funding, Governance, and Student Support
  • Steven Paxton, Policy Officer, Directorate of Advanced Learning and Science, Scottish Government (secretariat)
  • James Boyce, Head of College Policy Team, Scottish Government
  • Neil Rennick, Director of Justice, Scottish Government
  • Saira Kapasi, Head of Violence Against Women and Girls and Barnahus Justice Unit, Scottish Government
  • Ria Phillips, Senior Policy Officer, Violence Against Women, Scottish Government
  • Anni Donaldson, Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Equally Safe in Higher Education Lead, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Melanie McCarry, University of Strathclyde
  • Kelly Claffey, Equally Safe Higher Education Team, University of Strathclyde
  • Vonnie Sandlan, Senior Policy Officer, Colleges Scotland
  • Nicola McCallum, Colleges Scotland
  • Suzanne Marshall /Sandy McLean, College Development Network
  • Susannah Lane, Head of Public Affairs, Universities Scotland
  • Kathryn Dawson, Rape Crisis Scotland
  • Isabelle Kerr, Rape Crisis Centre, Glasgow
  • Mhairi McGowan, ASSIST, Glasgow
  • Shuwanna Aaron, NUS Scotland, Women's Officer
  • Jenny Lees, Campaigns and Engagement Manager, NUS Scotland
  • Anne-Marie Hicks, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • Marie-Claire Chaffey, Senior Procurator Fiscal Depute, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • Detective Inspector Julie Marshall, Police Scotland
  • Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston, Police Scotland
  • Detective Chief Inspector Rory Hamilton, Police Scotland
  • Scott Anderson, HM Inspector, Education Scotland
  • Fiona Burns, Scottish Funding Council
  • Rachel Adamson, Scottish Funding Council
  • Roseanna Macdonald, Scottish Women's Aid
  • Jill Stevenson, AMOSSHE, student services organisation - Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education
  • Heather Dunk, Principal, Ayrshire College
  • Pam Currie, Educational Institute of Scotland
  • Emma Phillips, Unison
  • Kay Steven, Advance HE
  • Dr Davena Rankin, EIS