Organizing Committee


Website:     Twitter: @1752group    Email:

The 1752 Group is a UK-based research and lobby organisation working to end sexual misconduct in higher education.

The 1752 Group draws on expertise from our backgrounds in organisational change, student unions, private and public sector consultancy, facilitation, corporate training, grassroots activism, and research. Our work has contributed to a national conversation in the UK and we are leading action on staff-to-student sexual misconduct in higher education. Sexual misconduct by staff is under-reported and under-researched. Higher education institutions in the UK need to be leading the change to prevent cultures of abuse, respond effectively and without inflicting further harm, ensure robust, student-centred reporting and investigation procedures, and implement policies and procedures to eliminate the sexual misconduct of academic, professional services, contracted and temporary staff.


Email:  Twitter: @anna_bull_

Dr Anna Bull is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Portsmouth and a founding member of The 1752 Group. Her research focuses on gender and class inequalities in music education and higher education. She led on work with the National Union of Students on behalf of The 1752 Group in producing the report ‘Power in the Academy: staff sexual misconduct in UK higher education’ in April 2018. She is lead author on the report produced by The 1752 Group ‘Silencing Students: Institutional responses to staff sexual misconduct in UK higher education’, published in September 2018.



Email:   Twitter: @DrEOChapman

Dr Emma Chapman is a Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellow based at Imperial College London. Aside from her scientific research, Emma has worked with individual institutions and the Institute of Physics to ensure the problem of bullying and harassment within STEM is taken seriously, for example through the gender equality accreditation JUNO. She is an active commentator on subjects such as gender bias and unconscious bias within STEM in the media and is the 2018 recipient of the Royal Society Athena prize for “driving nationally impactful policy changes concerning sexual harassment issues in higher education.”



Dr Maddy Coy joined the Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research at the University of Florida as a Lecturer in January 2018, having worked in the field of violence against women as variously a practitioner, researcher, activist, and educator for 20 years. Previously she was a Reader (Associate Professor) at London Metropolitan University, U.K., and Deputy Director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, where from 2006-2017 she carried out research and teaching on violence against women, with a specialism in forms of sexual exploitation. At the University of Florida Maddy teaches courses on Violence Against Women and Sexual Ethics, and is involved with campus and community initiatives to address sexual violence.


Dr Julie Libarkin


Email:   Twitter: @geoedresearch

Dr Julie Libarkin is a Professor at Michigan State University focusing on community-engaged research to promote access, inclusion, equity, and justice in STEM and academia. Julie trained as a geophysicist in her PhD work and in science education during her NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship.  Julie is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, has conducted extensive work on broadening participation in STEM, currently leads a project to explore mentoring and diversity in STEM, maintains a database of U.S. academic sexual misconduct cases, and is the 2018 recipient of the Association for Women Geoscientists EXCHANGE Award in honor of her work to document and build community around academic sexual harassment.


Heidi square photoEmail:

Dr Heidi Howkins Lockwood began her PhD at MIT in the late 1980s, but left after experiencing a #MeToo problem and discovering there were no real options for reporting faculty sexual misconduct. After a decade-long hiatus spent climbing high-altitude peaks in the Himalayas with support from the National Geographic Expeditions Council, she returned to academia and completed her PhD in Philosophy at Yale, in 2009. She has dedicated much of her time over the past decade to supporting survivors of power-based sexual harassment. Among her recent projects are an open letter signed by hundreds of faculty committing to an academic boycott of the University of Rochester in response to a case of power-based harassment; an open letter signed by more than 1,000 academics calling for an investigation of a faculty predator at Yale; and an open letter to Senator Collins re: the Kavanaugh nomination signed by more than 1,000 Maine faculty, staff, and administrators. She is currently Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies for Women’s & Gender Studies at SCSU in New Haven, CT, and serves as a member of the Faculty Against Rape leadership team.


Email:   Twitter: @t_haismanpage

Dr Tiffany Page is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Cambridge. Tiffany trained as an industrial and organisational psychologist and has worked as an organisational change consultant in both New Zealand and Singapore, specialising in large-scale change management implementations and industry focused training across a range of areas. Tiffany has extensive experience in project management, staff sexual misconduct case work, student advocacy, workshop and event organisation and facilitation, and has published on the complexities of addressing staff-to-student sexual misconduct within higher education.


uoy_vanita-sundaram-january-2018_alex-holland-1.jpgDr Vanita Sundaram is Professor of Education at the University of York. Her research broadly covers gender and education, focusing more specifically on gender-based violence and teenagers; tackling everyday sexism, harassment and abuse in education across the lifecourse; and lad cultures and sexual violence in higher education. She is the author of numerous publications on these issues, including Global debates and key perspectives on sex and relationships education: Addressing issues of gender, sexuality, plurality and power (2016); Preventing youth violence: Rethinking the role of gender in schools (2014) and the forthcoming Exploring ‘lad culture’ in higher education: A focus on British universities (with Prof Carolyn Jackson). She is an academic member of the NUS Strategy Team on Lad Culture, an advisory board member of The 1752 Group, and is co-chair of the international Gender and Education Association.