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.

Dr Antonia Bevan

Email:    Twitter: @antonia_bevan

Dr Antonia Bevan is a post-doctoral research astrophysicist based at UCL in London. Antonia has engaged with institutions to help reform their approaches to policy, practices and culture surrounding sexual misconduct. She works to improve communication and welfare provisions at a local level within departments to support institutional reforms and is a vocal advocate of the necessity for culture change in STEM and in academia. Antonia’s research specialises in the formation and evolution of cosmic dust in the universe.

Dr Anna Bull

Email:   Twitter: @anna_bull_

Dr Anna Bull is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Portsmouth and a founding member of The 1752 Group. Her research focuses on gender and class inequalities in music education and higher education. She led on work with the National Union of Students on behalf of The 1752 Group in producing the report ‘Power in the Academy: staff sexual misconduct in UK higher education’ in April 2018. She is lead author on the report produced by The 1752 Group ‘Silencing Students: Institutional responses to staff sexual misconduct in UK higher education’, published in September 2018.

Dr Emma Chapman

Email:   Twitter: @DrEOChapman

Dr Emma Chapman is a Royal Astronomical Society Fellow based at Imperial College London. Aside from her scientific research, Emma has worked with individual institutions and the Institute of Physics to ensure the problem of bullying and harassment within STEM is taken seriously, for example through the gender equality accreditation JUNO. She is an active commentator in the media on subjects such as gender bias within STEM and works actively to improve workplace culture in academia. She is the 2018 recipient of the Royal Society Athena Prize for “driving nationally impactful policy changes concerning sexual harassment issues in higher education”.

Dr Tiffany Page

Email:   Twitter: @t_haismanpage

Dr Tiffany Page is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Cambridge and a founding member of The 1752 Group. Tiffany’s research interests include vulnerability, social inequalities and institutional change. Tiffany trained as an industrial and organisational psychologist and has worked as an organisational change consultant in both New Zealand and Singapore, specialising in large-scale change management implementations and industry focused training across a range of areas. Tiffany has extensive experience in project management, staff sexual misconduct case work, student advocacy, workshop and event organisation and facilitation, and has published on the complexities of addressing staff-to-student sexual misconduct within higher education.



If you would like to support our activism and research work please consider making a donation. All donations will be spent only on furthering the strategic aims of The 1752 Group and ending staff-to-student sexual misconduct in higher education.