Sexual violence in HE – reports

I have been involved with several major research projects and public reports on sexual harassment and violence in higher education. These are listed and linked below.

In 2018 I co-authored (with Gemma North, Liz McDonnell, Jess Taylor and Gillian Love) a report on Sussex University’s institutional culture and its relationship to bullying and harassment, and equality and diversity issues. The report was made publicly available here.

In 2017 I co-authored (with Pam Alldred) the final report of the Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence project, which was a major pan-European intervention developing, piloting and evaluating disclosure training programmes in 21 institutions in six European countries. In 2018 I also co-authored (with Naaz Rashid, Gillian Love and Val Cartei) the report on the Sussex and Brighton University training programme, which was made publicly available.

In 2016 I co-authored (with Liz McDonnell and Jess Taylor), an in-depth case-study report on Imperial College’s institutional culture and its relationship to sexism and other equality and diversity issues. The College chose to keep our report private but issued a public abridged version, available here.

In 2013 I co-authored (with Isabel Young) on the NUS report That’s What She Said, about women students’ experiences of ‘lad culture’ in higher education. We found that ‘lad culture’ was characterised by competitive displays of sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination and was particularly prevalent in sports clubs and in student social spaces. We also found that some behaviours described as ‘laddish’ constituted sexual harassment, and argued that these types of cultures could create a conducive context for sexual assault and more ‘extreme’ forms of sexual violence.

In 2010, I collaborated with NUS on the report Hidden Marks, the first national prevalence study of violence against women students in the UK. It found that one in seven had experienced a serious sexual or physical assault during their studies, and 68 per cent had experienced sexual harassment.