The 1752 Group is a UK-based lobby group and consultancy working to end staff-to-student sexual misconduct in higher education. We provide consulting, training and research services.
Nowhere in the world is there adequate knowledge and research on the prevalence and impact of staff sexual misconduct in higher education.
We work at a national level to educate and lobby for change in the UK higher education sector by drawing attention to the complexity and impact of staff sexual misconduct and proposing solutions to address these issues.
We work directly with universities to help them prevent staff-to-student sexual misconduct, and to support them to respond appropriately to such issues when they arise.
We partner with sector organisations, campaign for change, and engage in projects to collect data that will lead to the development of best practice guidelines for higher education.
National campaign in partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS)
We are partnering with the Women’s Campaign at the NUS on a ground-breaking piece of research into sexual misconduct by university staff towards students. It will consist of the first national survey of staff-student sexual misconduct as well as qualitative research examining how institutions respond to this issue. This new research will form a comprehensive public report on staff sexual misconduct to be released next year. Read more about the campaign here.
We have six key priorities for addressing staff sexual misconduct. Read our strategic priorities for the higher education sector.
Working with universities
We assist universities to develop policy and response frameworks for incidents of sexual misconduct that occur within their institutions, and make sure their students are supported. We partner with organisations who offer expertise in institutional culture change.
We are committed to:
- UK-wide sexual misconduct policy implementation
The 1752 Group is lobbying for robust and effective policy and procedures to be implemented across higher education nationally for the specific recording, reporting and prevention of sexual misconduct by academic staff and professional services employees.
- Building research on sexual misconduct and exploitation in higher education
Research and data on the prevalence and impact of staff-to-student sexual misconduct in the UK is extremely limited. The 1752 Group is partnering with sector experts to develop quantitative and qualitative research that will help inform the development of best practice guidelines within the sector.
- Providing consulting services for institutions
We provide consultancy and training for institutions, students’ unions, and trades unions within higher education. This includes working with university management, HR and academic departments to develop best practices in dealing with disclosure and reporting of sexual misconduct, as well as how to support students who have experienced this.