‘Zero’ is a collaborative campaign between the RNCM and the RNCM Students’ Union, led by the Students’ Union.
The campaign aims to:
Educate the RNCM community on the definition of sexual harassment
Improve our procedure for reporting instances of bullying and harassment and better signpost this, alongside support services, to the RNCM community
Use our zero-tolerance policy to challenge the culture in which sexual harassment exists
So far we've done this by:
Creating resources for our staff and students detailing the definition of sexual harassment and ways to look out for both yourself and your mates
Introduced a brand-new reporting procedure, designed make it as easy as possible for students to come forward, with a guarantee that they'll be supported every step of the way
Rewritten our Bullying and Harassment Policy to better support students (March 2019 launch)
Gained support from leading institutions around the city such as University of Manchester Students' Union, MMU Students' Union etc to make Greater Manchester a safer, better place for all
The safety and welfare of our staff and students is of paramount importance, and we are proud to launch a joint campaign with our Students’ Union that not only promotes our dedication to instilling a zero tolerance culture at the College, but ensures that we play our part in eliminating sexual harassment and bullying within our society.
The purpose of this campaign echoes the artistic industry’s current push towards a safer, more equal and positive creative environment. Through uniting the Students’ Union and the College, we can work together to challenge unacceptable behaviour and create a zero-tolerance culture in which staff and students feel safe and empowered.
Prof. Linda Merrick
RNCM Students' Union Education Officer
I think we’re in a really exciting time at the moment where there’s a lot of positive campaigning around moving towards a zero-tolerance culture and for me this is really just a statement about looking out for each other and working together [as a society] to make sexual harassment a thing of the past. It’s a conversation about everybody - staff and student - which is why it’s so powerful as a joint campaign from both the Students’ Union and the College.