Students’ experiences of staff sexual misconduct in UK higher education

  • Bull, Anna (PI)

Project Details


This small-scale study, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England's Catalyst fund, aims to understand students’ experiences of sexual misconduct by academic staff in higher education in the UK by carrying out semi-structured interviews with students who have experienced this. It builds on recent large-scale surveys in the US and Australia, as well as media reports in the UK, which suggest that staff sexual misconduct is an unaddressed issue in higher education that contributes to gender inequality. By giving participants time and space to narrate their experience in their own words, this study will shed light on patterns of staff sexual misconduct; barriers to reporting; and students’ experience of institutional responses to reports.

In addition, a policy audit of current higher education policies in relation to staff student sexual misconduct will be carried out in order to identify areas for urgent action and gaps in provision.

The findings will be launched at an event at the University of Portsmouth on 4th May 2018
Effective start/end date1/04/174/05/18


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