Sexual Misconduct in Universities - Media Articles


Anyone can be the victim of sexual misconduct in universities:

  • 70% of female students and recent graduates surveyed have experienced sexual violence (48% experienced sexual assault)
  • 26% of male students and recent graduates surveyed have experienced sexual violence (17% experienced sexual assault)
  • 61% of non-binary students and recent graduates surveyed have experienced sexual violence (47% experienced sexual assault)
  • 73% of students and recent graduates surveyed with a disability have experienced sexual violence (54% have experienced sexual assault)

Source: Student Room Survey 2018


This is a non-exhaustive collection of articles on sexual misconduct in UK universities. In reality, as the figures above show, sexual misconduct is common in all universities. The perpetrators can be students or university staff. Anyone can be a victim: most of the victims most likely thought it would never happen to them. But it did.


Sexual harassment 'at epidemic levels' in UK universities

UK survey reveals widespread sexual misconduct by academic staff

Students are still afraid to report sexual assault

There’s a sexual assault crisis at British universities And it's getting worse

How safe is your campus? Universities put time-limits on students who make sexual assault complaints against staff

Sexual abuse rife at UK further education colleges, study finds

Sexual harassment at universities has reached record-levels, new research reveals

Students go online to report alleged sexual abuse

Calls for action by universities on ‘epidemic’ of harassment on campus

This Documentary Offers A Harrowing Glimpse Into University Rape Culture In The UK

Universities 'failing' victims of sexual misconduct

Staff Student Relationship Rules Need To Change

Sexual violence and harassment cases at universities treble in three years

'We felt inferior and degraded': reporting sexual harassment at university

Will UK universities follow Barack Obama’s controversial lead on tackling campus sexual violence?

Business Secretary calls on universities to tackle violence against women on campus

The Guardian view on sexual harassment in universities: taking it seriously

Why the true scale of university harassment is so hard to uncover

51 Percent of Students Accused of Stalking or Abuse Allowed to Stay at UK Universities

Universities lack the skills to properly investigate sexual misconduct claims

Sexual assault survivors continually let down by universities, says report

Students need better support from universities to deal with harassment and sexual assault

Student rape reports: The battle to be believed

Harassed students ‘re-victimised’ by universities

Sexual assault: what happens after students speak out?

The question students should ask: how is my university tackling sexual violence?

Universities “failing” victims of sexual misconduct, BBC investigation reports

'I was raped as a student - and I’m not the only one'

82% increase in reports of sexual violence in universities

Students at top universities investigated for offensive online remarks nearly trebles, figures suggest

Universities traumatise student sexual misconduct survivors by mishandling cases

Students less likely to report sexual harassment when the perpetrator is a professor

The Weinsteins of academia can no longer be tolerated

Cambridge isn't the only university to fail at handling sexual misconduct complaints

Universities must stop making it up as they go along on staff-student complaints

PODCAST: “How dare he?” A former student at Trinity Hall, Cambridge talks about her experience of sexual assault on campus

Breaking the silence: The difference in legal frameworks between the US and the UK when it comes to dealing with sexual harassment on campus

I told my university I was harassed online. They asked me what a hashtag was

How unis issue meaningless fines to students guilty of sexual assault

Universities are still using meagre fines to punish racist students

Time for urgent action: Sexual violence and misconduct in UK universities

Commentary: Sexual misconduct in academia


The 1752 Group and McAllister Olivarius Sector Guidance to Address Staff Sexual Misconduct in UK HE


Cambridge University

Trinity Hall’s actions remind me why I never reported my assault by a Cambridge academic

Cambridge harassment row fuels calls to reform college system

I was harassed at Cambridge: the Dr Peter Hutchinson case is part of a wider problem

Student calls on Cambridge to wear black in solidarity with sexual harassment victims

Cambridge sexual misconduct rule change branded 'unlawful'

Two students speak out about the lapses in their college disciplinary procedures

Students slam Cambridge over handling of sexual misconduct cases

Trinity Hall Sexual Misconduct Scandal


Newcastle University

‘Looks another Warwick about to happen’: Newcastle Vice Chancellor mishandles student stalking case

Chris Day refers to stalking scandal as “another Warwick” and worries for NU’s “precarious reputation”

Newcastle University student stalked his ex-girlfriend and shared explicit video of her when they split up

Newcastle University Vice Chancellor accidentally sent revenge porn victim student's father an email worrying about how the case would affect their 'reputation' after man who targeted her was allowed to resume classes

Stalker Jefferson Young returns to victim’s university

Newcastle University stalker's return prompts petition

Newcastle University faces student backlash over stalker's return


Oxford University

Oxford has most sexual harassments of students by staff in the UK – report

Oxford University 'must investigate sexual harassment by staff on students' amid fears of unreported cases

The University Sexual Violence and Harassment Support Service is advising students who have been accused of sexual misconduct


Birmingham University

I was raped by a Birmingham student and the uni only offered to send a letter to my attacker

Birmingham University refused to look into student's off-campus rape claim

More women say Birmingham University refused to investigate rape complaints

UoB Guild reviewing sexual assault reporting system in response to Tab report


Strathclyde University

Sex abuse professor Kevin O’Gorman spared prison

'MONSTER' Pervert Strathclyde University professor who whipped student in abuse of eight men dodges jail

Victims of predatory professor to sue Strathclyde University for 'turning blind eye' to abuse

Uni professor who sexually assaulted male students sentenced

Victim to sue Strathclyde University over sex abuse by lecturer Kevin O’Gorman

Serial abuser Kevin O’Gorman fooled bosses into funding a jetset lifestyle

Sex abuse professor Kevin O’Gorman spared prison

Kevin O'Gorman: Former university professor sentenced for sex attacks


Warwick University

Warwick student plays in Varsity days after University finds him guilty of rape

See also the Warwick Scandal


Bath University

University of Bath's mounting problems: Add sexual harassment to bullying [Updated June 2019]

An accused sexual harasser has committed suicide. Who is to blame? [Updated June 2019]

Bath University Academic Showing Porn to Female Students


Goldsmiths University

New sexual harassment claims at Goldsmiths spark calls for inquiry

Goldsmiths paid almost £200k compensation over sexual harassment claims

New sexual harassment claims at Goldsmiths spark calls for inquiry

London university professor quits over 'sexual harassment of female students by staff'

How one UK university confronted its sexual harassment problem


Sheffield University

Sheffield University student investigated over offensive messages about women and STIs in leaked group chat



Sex harassment victims force University College London to end gagging orders

UCL to ban intimate relationships between staff and their students


Royal Academy of Music

Royal Academy of Music investigates a string of sex claims from more than a dozen students of improper remarks made by teachers

Review launched at Royal Academy of Music following sexual harassment complaints


Liverpool University

Charles Esdaile, University of Liverpool, Department of History. Sexual predation.