We are currently working on several collaborative projects that have been awarded research grants. This research will help to inform changes in the higher education sector to prevent and address staff sexual misconduct.

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant 2017-2018 (in partnership with University of Portsmouth)

What universities can learn from workplace policies on preventing sexual
misconduct

One of the first steps universities take to protect staff and students from sexual and gender-based violence is to create policy. This project will investigate what can be learned from workplace approaches to sexual harassment that are informed by the Equality Act 2010. It will assess the impact of policy as a means to change institutional cultures, and is one step in a wider research agenda towards formulating best practices for the higher education sector to prevent sexual violence and related inequalities in higher education.

HEFCE Catalyst Fund Student safeguarding on campus research team 2017-2018 (University of Portsmouth)

This project is part of a wider initiative to establish an ‘active bystander’ culture of citizenship, which will help to embed zero tolerance of gender-based violence and hate crime at the University of Portsmouth. Work being conducted by The 1752 Group is focused on developing best practice for staff-student sexual misconduct. This involves a national audit of university policies relating to staff sexual misconduct, and conducting focus groups with survivors.

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant 2016-2017 (in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London/University of Konstanz)

Cultures of Consent: Examining the complexity of sexual misconduct and power within universities 

This project will identify some of the specific psychosocial complexities of sexual consent and coercion in Higher Education to inform future research, policy, best practice and debate on cultures of sexual misconduct within the sector. It will examine and situate definitions and descriptions of sexual misconduct in the specific complexities of consent and power in university cultures and develop an open access resource for use by researchers.

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