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‘Lad culture’ and violence in higher education

Summary of the impact

This case study focuses on two related areas: the issue of violence against female students and how this is framed by `lad culture' in higher education (HE). It documents five areas where Alison Phipps' research has either directly led or indirectly contributed to change:

  • work with the National Union of Students (NUS) which has informed their policies and interventions;
  • improved public and policy understanding of the issues of violence against female students and `lad culture' in UK HE;
  • Students' Unions and other groups adopting `zero-tolerance' policies in relation to sexual harassment and abuse and attempting to tackle aspects of `lad culture';
  • institutions developing procedural frameworks around reporting and addressing violence against female students; and
  • governmental, public and third-sector organisations including students as a key demographic in their policies and initiatives around violence against women.

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University of Sussex

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Research Subject Area(s)

Medical and Health Sciences: Public Health and Health Services
Studies In Human Society: Criminology, Other Studies In Human Society

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