First Responders

The University, in conjunction with Rape Crisis, have trained a group of staff as Sexual Violence and Harassment First Responders.

This means they have been trained to listen to you empathetically and without judgement while you seek support in disclosing issues surrounding sexual violence and harassment.

They will provide you with information on the options available to you internally and externally if you have been affected directly or indirectly.

How to contact a First Responder

You can contact First Responders directly by email or telephone, or via the Online First Responders Form. 

First Responders Email  Contact Number
Stuart MacQuarrie Stuart.MacQuarrie@glasgow.ac.uk 0141 330 4160
Gary Stephen Gary.Stephen@glasgow.ac.uk 0141 330 2766
Avril Conacher a.conacher@src.gla.ac.uk 0141 330 5360
Claire Lowe Claire.Lowe@glasgow.ac.uk 0141 330 4282
Dorothy Mallon Dorothy.Mallon.2@glasgow.ac.uk 0141 330 2216
Joanne McFadden Joanne.McFadden@glasgow.ac.uk 0141 330 3359
Amber Higgins Amber.Higgins@glasgow.ac.uk 0141 330 4976
Katie Farrell Katie.Farrell@glasgow.ac.uk 0141 330 5730
John Donaldson John.Donaldson@glasgow.ac.uk  
Karen Morton Karen.Morton@glasgow.ac.uk 0141 330 4067

What will happen when I meet with a First Responder?

The First Responder will arrange to meet you in a private room where you will not be disturbed. You would be welcome to bring a friend along with you to the meeting if it would help. Their role is to listen. They will be empathetic, supportive, non-judgemental and will be led by you.

They will ask you what you want to happen and will provide information on your options for support within the university and externally.

They will take a brief note of the meeting and this will be logged securely with limited people having access to the information. The note will be agreed by you and contain any follow up actions which were agreed at the meeting.


Will the information I share be kept confidential?

The First Responder will normally keep the information you disclose confidential, but it is important for you to be aware that, if they consider you or any other person to be at risk of harm, they will be obliged to escalate relevant information to the First Responder co-ordinator.

You are under no obligation to name the perpetrator(s) and will be able to receive guidance on all of your options as well as access to all University and external support if you choose not to. However, if you do choose to name the perpetrator and they are either a University student or staff member, the University may be obliged to take appropriate action to safeguard you and/or members of our community.

The same will apply if you name someone who is not a student or member of staff but the information you disclose indicates that you or someone else is at risk of harm. It is rare that the University would take any action without your explicit consent, but if the level of risk to you or others is sufficiently high, it might be necessary.


What happens if I make a disclosure about a member of the University community?

If the First Responder considers you or any other person to be at risk of harm, they will be obliged to escalate relevant information to the First Responder co-ordinator. A conversation would then take place between you and the First Responder with the Coordinator to explain why it is thought escalation is necessary and where it will be referred to. The University will always endeavor to ensure you are happy with any action taken.

If it is agreed that the case will be escalated and should be investigated under student or staff disciplinary procedures, Senate Office or Human Resources respectively will take over the case. However, the First Responder will normally remain your key contact in terms of organisation of support and referrals to external agencies, unless another contact is specifically requested.


For further information on the First Responder Team, please contact Karen.Morton@glasgow.ac.uk.