Taskforce was established by Universities UK in November 2015 to examine
violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university
students, with a focus on sexual violence and harassment. The Taskforce
consisted of university leaders, student representatives and academic experts.
The full list of members of the Taskforce can be seen below.
assessed the evidence, the work that universities are already doing to address
these issues and explored what more needs to be done. The Taskforce also reviewed
guidance available to universities on managing situations where a student's
behaviour may constitute a criminal offence.
report of the Taskforce was published on 21 October 2016. On the basis of
published evidence and engagement with universities, experts and specialist
organisations, both within and outside the higher education sector, a series of
recommendations have been devised to support universities in developing effective
strategies to support both prevention and providing an effective response to incidents.
Alongside the report, UUK has also published new guidance on how to handle
cases where a student has allegedly committed a criminal offence, with specific
recommendations in relation to sexual misconduct.
the report, recommendations and guidance, UUK will continue its work in this
area. This will include the development of a self-assessment survey to support universities
to evaluate their approach. This will also provide UUK with information on
where further guidance may be required.
UUK will promote the sharing of good practice through an annual
conference and the publication of a directory of case-studies. We also intend to undertake further work to
examine staff-to-student sexual harassment.