The 1752 Group is a UK-based research and lobby organisation working to end sexual misconduct in higher education.
What does our name mean?
Our name is a reminder of the turning point for change. In 2015, several of us organised what we believe is the first UK university conference on staff-to-student sexual harassment. The Sexual Harassment in Higher Education (SHHE) Conference was held at Goldsmiths in December 2015. Out of this event arose the need for a national organisation to address the sexual misconduct of academic and professional staff within UK universities.
£1752 is the amount of money that was allocated to this event. While this provided a starting point for change, greater investment is needed by institutions for comprehensive preventative structures to be put in place. This work requires both action by individual institutions, and long-term partnership and investment in research, education and prevention by the higher education sector as a whole.
The 1752 Group today @1752group
The 1752 Group draws on expertise from our backgrounds in organisational change, student unions, private and public sector consultancy, facilitation, corporate training, grassroots activism, and research. Our work has contributed to a national conversation in the UK and we are leading action on staff-to-student sexual misconduct in higher education. Sexual misconduct by staff is under-reported and under-researched. Higher education institutions in the UK need to be leading the change to prevent cultures of abuse, respond effectively and without inflicting further harm, ensure robust, student-centred reporting and investigation procedures, and implement policies and procedures to eliminate the sexual misconduct of academic, professional services, contracted and temporary staff.
Read an interview with co-founder Dr Tiffany Page by London School of Economics and Political Science Equity, Diversity and Inclusion on the origins and work of The 1752 Group, published on 6 November 2017.