GBV Charter

EmilyTest have created the world’s first Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Charter for Colleges and Universities

The GBV Charter was launched across Scotland on 6th December 2021. The Charter is an Award which allows educational institutions to take the ‘Emily Test’. 

Read the EmilyTest Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Charter for Universities and Colleges

Read the Charter One-Pager

Apply for the Charter – Applications are currently open, closing at 6pm on 29th July 2022


More information about the Charter

Charter Launch event slidepack

Video of Charter Launch event

What is the Charter? Presentation


In between March and October 2020, EmilyTest conducted a series of focus groups and interviews with students and graduates across Scotland and the United Kingdom (UK) to create the EmilyTest GBV Charter. The research report was released in September 2021 following peer review. 

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Charter Creation Report

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Charter Research Report Executive Summary

Full GBV Charter Research Report

GBV Charter Research Peer Review

Reporting Back: Research Communications for Student and Graduate Participants 

Consultation and co-creation 

Following on from the research with hundreds of student and graduate victims/survivors and to create the final Charter, EmilyTest ran two rounds of ‘co-creation’ sessions during October-November 2020 and March 2021 with further education (FE) and higher education (HE) staff, GBV and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) professionals, and charity sector staff across Scotland and the UK. 

GBV Charter Design Prototypes Presentation

Co-Creation Discussion 


EmilyTest piloted the GBV Charter for 6 months at the University of St Andrews, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Clyde College and South Lanarkshire College. In December 2021, we will be releasing Impact and Evaluation research on the pilot.

GBV Charter Pilot Impact and Evaluation Research Report

Slidepack: Talk on GBV Charter Pilot

Charter resources