Trinity Hall Cambridge Sexual Misconduct Scandal - Media Articles


A Cambridge academic, Dr Peter Hutchinson, was found to have sexually harassed 10 students has been readmitted to his college, Trinity Hall, in October 2019, less than two years after it was announced he had been permanently removed.

He had admitted to sexually assaulting a former student in his first trial in 2006 (which had been halted for legal reasons) and was acquitted with a 10/2 majority in a second trial in 2006. At the time, Hutchinson commented: "I just cannot understand how something which seemed so trivial was so important to her, and I cannot really see it as a sexual assault." Despite these admissions, Trinity Hall organised an "acquittal tea party" for him and had allowed to stay employed and continue to work with students and staff. Trinity Hall's decision to allow him to stay resulted in at least 10 complaints of sexual harassment against him.

After significant backlash in the media and social media and a petition attracting over 1,300 signatures, Hutchinson resigned voluntarily in November 2019 (apparently Trinity Hall took no action against him).

In February 2020, further media investigations reveal consistent sexual misconduct at Trinity Hall which was covered up by the college. It was also revealed that Peter Hutchinson wrote an erotic novel based on his students while he was facing sexual harassment allegations. The Trinity Hall Master, Jeremy Morris, stepped back temporarily from his position but resisted widespread calls to resign.

In August 2021, following findings of an independent report "that the College consider initiating disciplinary action against the Master", Jeremy Morris resigned.


Background information from Rianna Croxford, the journalist who broke the story

Trinity Hall Scandal Background


Hutchinson's Trials (2006)

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Hutchinson is investigated for breaching the sanctions imposed on him after allegations of sexual harassment (December 2017)

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Hutchinson is re-admitted to Trinity Hall Cambridge (October 2019)

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Collection of articles

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Hutchinson's Resignation (November 2019)

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Further sexual misconduct and coverup at Trinity Hall is uncovered: the Master (Jeremy Morris) and Dr William Reilly withdraw temporarily from their position; Peter Hutchinson is discovered to have written erotic fiction based on students while facing sexual harassment accusations (February 2020)

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The Master (Jeremy Morris) resigns (August 2021)

Statement from Trinity Hall

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