Sexual violence in higher education

Much of my work recently has been on sexual violence and ‘lad culture’ in higher education. I have written a series of posts on this blog on the topic, which are listed and linked below:

Speaking up for what’s right

On Outrage

Reckoning Up: an institutional economy of sexual harassment and violence

Disclosure and exposure in the neoliberal university

The university campus as ‘Hunting Ground’

Sexism and violence in the neoliberal university

Why sex workers should be part of ‘lad culture’ campaigns

You can also download open-access versions of my academic papers:

Lad culture, rape culture and everyday sexism (with Jessica Ringrose, Emma Renold and Carolyn Jackson)

(Re)theorising laddish masculinities in higher education

‘Lad culture’ in higher education: agency in the ‘sexualisation’ debates (with Isabel Young)

Neoliberalisation and ‘lad cultures’ in higher education (with Isabel Young)

In 2014, together with Elsie Whittington and funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant, I developed a workshop targeted at university managers, staff and students, on sexual harassment and violence in the HE sector. It covers questions around ‘lad culture’, recent NUS research findings on the prevalence of sexual harassment and violence amongst students, an overview of what is currently being done to tackle the problem, and suggestions for ways forward.

The workshop resources are available online and free to use by anyone who would find them helpful – the session is based around a Prezi which is linked below (which can be downloaded and adapted as you see fit), and there is also an information sheet for participants and timeline/structure for facilitators in the PDF document linked underneath. The workshop takes at least 90 minutes but could easily be longer with more time for interaction and discussion.

Sexual harassment and violence in HE workshop – Prezi

Sexual harassment and violence in HE workshop – documents

The workshop was piloted at the University of Bath in March 2015, with 100 percent of participants saying they would recommend it to others at their institution and 91 percent saying they now had ideas about how to tackle sexual harassment and violence. It has since been delivered at De Montfort, Roehampton, Sussex, Leicester, Hull, York, Northumbria and UCL.

9 thoughts on “Sexual violence in higher education”

  1. Alison, this is amazing work; I am a philosopher activist and I have been writing about the silencing of women in philosophy and the fact that she had to wait over two thousand years to go to university. Now she is there I have been wondering about the pressure she may be under to just deal with whatever comes her way, which seems bad for her and for men. I am a granny now, but I see from your NUS work that this is not an old woman’s gripe, and your work will help. Thank you, I look forward to meeting you and, I hope, working with you in the future! Alison

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