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Statement on government inquiry into lad culture

Monday 7 September 2015

NUS is delighted to see the government taking the issue of lad culture and sexual harassment on campus seriously and welcome the inquiry which was launched by the business secretary this weekend.

We will make sure we are part of the conversation going forward, looking at how the task force set up will make sure that the universities are doing all they can to tackle lad culture.

We have been campaigning on this issue for the past five years. Since the launch of Hidden Marks in 2010 (a study of women students’ experiences of harassment, stalking, violence and sexual assault) and That’s What She Said (women students’ experiences of ‘lad culture’ in Higher Education) in 2013, the knowledge, understanding and true extent of lad culture’s pervasiveness has only increased.

In the interim we will continue to work with our nine pilot unions on making sure students are supported by students’ union and institutional policy in reporting sexual harassment and assault

The pilot unions are working with NUS to begin looking at how to build their own Lad Culture Strategy and share best practice with the other unions, NUS staff and representatives and others who have a vested interest in tackling lad culture.

Westminster Forum, working with NUS, are hosting an event on Thursday 26 November looking at proactive approaches to confronting sexism and lad culture on campus, more details of which can be found here.

Susuana Amoah, NUS Women’s Officer, said:

 “I am happy to see the government starting to take the issues women face on campuses across the UK seriously. This is the first step in what I hope is a move to making education, work and social spaces accessible to all women, and that women are treated fairly and with respect.

“We need the education community to get behind the work that NUS and students’ unions are doing and support students in challenging lad culture, sexual harassment and violence on campuses.”