The 1752 Group is a UK-based organisation working to end sexual exploitation 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, private and public sector consultancy, facilitation, corporate training, grassroots activism, and research. Our charter also includes beginning a national conversation leading to action around staff-to-student sexual misconduct and exploitation in higher education. Sexual misconduct by academic staff, and the sexual harassment of students by staff members is under-reported and under-researched. Higher education institutions in the UK need to be leading the change to support complaints, address cultures of abuse, and implement policies and procedures to eliminate the sexual misconduct of students by academic and professional services staff.

Dr Anna Bull

Email:   Twitter: @anna_bull_

Dr Anna Bull has experience in a variety of roles in the sexual violence sector, including supporting survivors of sexual violence and delivering workshops for young people on sexual consent and healthy relationships. She is currently working with the music education sector to improve safeguarding practices.  Dr Bull is currently a lecturer in sociology at the University of Portsmouth.

Heidi Hasbrouck

Email:   Twitter:@heidiliane

Heidi is an Associate Director of Qualitative Research at Kantar Public specialising in research for and within the public sector including government bodies, charities and third sector organisations. She specialises in ethnography and visual-based research methods. She has also worked at Family Kids & Youth where she led research projects in schools and with families for the private, public and charity sector. Heidi is an experienced public speaker in both the education and public sector and is also a trained arts facilitator including working with SEN and hard to reach communities. She has been working on the issue of sexual harassment in higher education since her undergraduate degree in the US as a member of SAFER and in the UK since 2012 with different groups and spoken at numerous events and conferences on this subject. She is currently completing a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Dr Tiffany Page

Email:   Twitter: @t_haismanpage

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 brings experience in project management, case work involving complaints of staff sexual misconduct, student advocacy, workshop and event organisation and facilitation, and has published on the complexities of addressing staff-to-student sexual misconduct within higher education. Tiffany is involved in researching conceptualisations of vulnerability, including its relation to forms of endurance. She has a PhD in cultural studies.

Dr Chryssa Sdrolia

Email:   Twitter: @SdroliaC

Chryssa is a Deputy Curriculum Leader for KS5 English in the secondary education sector, with lead responsibility for the development of best practice in safeguarding and a rich curriculum for an ethnically and religiously diverse community of students. Since 2013 she has collaborated with groups working to make sexual harassment and misconduct visible in higher education in the UK. Chryssa is an experienced pedagogue and has worked across the educational spectrum both in the UK and abroad. She is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Feminist Research in Goldsmiths and specialises in the philosophy of representation. Chryssa has a PhD in philosophy from Goldsmiths.