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Sinéad Ring
Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment in Irish Universities
University of Birmingham Gender Research Group
Virtual
Invited Lecture
2020
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Higher education has a problem with sexual violence and sexual harassment. In recent years, increasing attention is being paid by university leaders and by politicians to the need to change this reality for university students and staff. In this presentation I will reflect on current work in Ireland at national, sectoral and local levels on improving institutional responses to this problem. I will begin to unpack the ways in which law can hinder or provide valuable opportunities for more progressive policies on sexual harassment and sexual violence against students and staff. I will also reflect on the challenges of negotiating neoliberal institutional structures and the power of cross-institutional interdisciplinary collaborations to create meaningful interventions.