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Talking Research Podcast

Talking Research is a new podcast hosted by Asmita Sood that aims to make academic research on sexual violence accessible to a non-specialist audience. Asmita interviewed Erin about Project CURSV and some of her initial thesis findings. You can listen to the episode here; it’s also available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Data collection update

Thank you to everyone who participated in Project CURSV. Data collection finished on June 28th, and transcription is well underway. A breakdown of participation is as follows:

English university staff: 13 interviews across 5 universities

American university staff: 13 interviews across 5 universities

English student reporters: 7 interviews

American student reporters: 12 interviews

Total conducted: 45 interviews

Watch this space for more updates as Project CURSV moves into the analysis and writing stages, and thank you again to everyone who made this project possible.

Student Recruitment: American Colleges & Universities

Project CURSV is recruiting current students who have experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence at universities based in the US 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 or a recent (within 1 year) graduate of a college or university in the US who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence while studying there
  • 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 anonymize 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.”

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.