Power in the Academy Report

Institutional responses to staff sexual misconduct in UK higher education 

(April 2018)

Key Findings

The National Union of Students and The 1752 Group conducted the first ever national survey in the UK examining staff sexual misconduct in higher education. Power in the Academy reports on the responses received from 1839 students who answered the survey.

  • This study collates responses from an online survey of 1839 current and former students in UK higher education, and data from four focus groups with a total of 15 students
  • Women respondents were around three times more likely than men to experience negative impacts because of misconduct
  • Four in ten respondents who were current students had experienced at least one experience of sexualised behaviour from staff (585 out of 1535)
  • Fewer than one in ten respondents (9.6%) who experienced staff sexual misconduct reported this to their institution.

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For more information contact Dr Anna Bull, Director of Research

You can download the survey questions on professional boundaries that we used for this survey here, and use these to survey your own university community on their levels of comfort with professional boundaries between staff and students.