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Harassment in HE: Call for Evidence

The RMA Student Committee wishes to draw the attention of its student membership to NAMHE’s message below:

NAMHE [National Association for Music in Higher Education]  is represented in a network currently investigating issues around sexual harassment and violence in HE. It is being led by a group of UK postgraduates and academic staff, including Professor Sara Ahmed who recently submitted her resignation to Goldsmiths over its response to student complaints of sexual harassment by members of staff. The Guardian has picked up on this, and has published a number of articles over the last few weeks, for example:

‘Sexual harassment of students by university staff hidden by non-disclosure agreements’

Sara Ahmed also published this essay in The New Inquiry:

‘Against Students’

On Friday 26 August The Guardian published this call for evidence: ‘Have you been affected by sexual harassment at university?’

The focus on Goldsmiths belies the fact this is really a sector-wide issue, and to open up the issue and help to bring about institutional change where needed across the board, an extensive body of personal testimony will be extremely helpful.

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