We publish a series of blog posts on different issues relating to sexual misconduct within higher education. We hope these provide information and links to research and resources that are helpful to those working in the sector.

Australian university survey of sexual harassment downplays staff misconduct

18 August 2017

The recent Australian Human Rights Commission’s survey of sexual harassment in Australian universities canvassed over 30,000 students across 39 universities and included 1849 qualitative individual submissions. But when it comes to reporting on the role of university staff as perpetrators of sexual misconduct, the report is light on detail. In its 264 pages, no mention is made of the overall prevalence of staff sexual misconduct, nor are there any recommendations relating to it.

What to do about staff sexual harassment within your university

12 July 2017

Dr Anna Bull spoke at the UK Women’s Classic Committee AGM and in this follows up piece outlines some practical steps that can be taken by staff and students to begin addressing staff sexual misconduct in higher education institutions.

Why We Need To Address Staff Sexual Misconduct In Higher Education (Huffington Post)

7 March 2017

The latest findings by the Guardian on the prevalence of allegations of staff sexual misconduct in UK universities are starting to shed light on something many current and former university students have known for a long time: that the UK higher education sector has a serious sexual harassment problem. In this post we discuss how while there are similarities to workplace sexual harassment – where an employee is creating a hostile and uncomfortable environment for others within that workplace — there are important differences when this harassment occurs between a student and university staff member.

Imperial College and cultural change

5 January 2016

In 2015, Imperial College commissioned Dr Alison Phipps from the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Sussex to undertake a research project on gender equality at the college. We examine this public report on institutional culture to ask how this can shed light on how sexual misconduct of academic staff is condoned and sustained within universities.

Precarity and sexual misconduct

18 November 2016

A recent article in the Guardian highlights the stories of the 53% of academics in the UK who exist on short-term, hourly-paid or part-time contracts. While sexual harassment and forms of sexual misconduct were not discussed in the Guardian’s coverage, this post argues that there needs to be discussions of its connection to precarious labour.

Who knows about staff-to-student sexual harassment?

21 September 2016

One of the recurring issues around staff-to-student sexual harassment and misconduct is that the very public knowledge of this problem gets lost within the institutional layers of the university. In this post we discuss who knows within an institution, and why it’s so hard to report this knowledge and for action to be taken.