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Student Recruitment: English Universities

Project CURSV is recruiting current students who have experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence at universities based in England for 1 hour interviews via Skype. These interviews will focus on what it was like to tell your university (or another party) about your experience of violence, what channels you reported to, and your thoughts on the effectiveness and supportiveness of the reporting process. All levels of university study and all genders welcome.

Erin will not be asking you to share your experience of harassment or violence. She will make the question list available to you in advance upon request if you are nervous about what she might ask or if you are unsure you’ll be able to answer as fully as you’d like on the spot.


  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must be a current student at an English university who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence while at university
  • You must have told someone about your experience: preferably a university contact, but non-university disclosures (e.g. a friend, family member, counsellor, crisis centre) are also welcome

Erin will anonymise both you and your university, and you will have the chance to review the interview transcript before she works with it.

If you’d like to participate, please email with the subject line “Project CURSV Student Participation.”


Project CURSV in the news

Erin wrote about the rationale behind Project CURSV and what she hopes to achieve through this research for the blog Women Are Boring. You can read the post, titled “University responses to sexual violence on campus: Comparing English and American approaches,” here.

Ethical Approval

Project CURSV has received full ethical approval from the University of York Department of Education’s Ethics Committee. To read the letter granting ethical approval to this project (formally titled US and UK university responses to student disclosures of sexual violence), click the link below.

UoY Educational Ethics Committee Approval


Contact Information

Project CURSV now has its own dedicated email: Only Erin as the researcher has access to this email and she will not keep or send any confidential information through the account.

Project CURSV’s conference debut

Erin will be presenting her work so far on Project CURSV at this year’s BAICE conference this Friday, September 14th. If you’re attending and interested in learning more about comparative approaches to studying sexual violence in universities, she’ll be on the Learning and Gender panel.

An Introduction to Project CURSV

Hi everyone, my name is Erin and I am an Education Ph.D. student at the University of York. This website serves as a hub for my thesis project, Project CURSV (pronounced “cursive”): Comparing University Responses to Sexual Violence. Through this project, I am attempting to understand the response frameworks that exist in the US and England through a combination of feminist critical discourse analysis/policy discourse analysis and interviews with university staff and student victims/survivors.

This website will not contain any information about individual participants, their interviews, or the institutions that choose to work with me for this project. It is intended only as a resource for prospective participants to better understand Project CURSV. All data, including participants’ names, roles/titles, and university names, will be anonymised before I include it in my thesis, and I will be the only person able to access personal, non-redacted information.