Cambridge University advertises for sexual assault and harassment adviser

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Cambridge University is looking to hire a sexual assault adviser amid claims one in five UK students will face harassment during their first week of term.

The new position will be introduced as part of the institution’s counselling service and will work with police and rape charities to protect students.

According to an advert posted on the university’s website, the role has been created to “bolster the advice and support available to (students), and in particular offer a source of specialist emotional and practical support to students following sexual harassment or sexual assault.”

It involves “individual work with students” and also “designing and running workshops for staff”.

New role: Cambridge University is advertising for a Sexual Assault and Harassment Adviser (Cambridge University)

A University of Cambridge spokesman told the BBC: “The university is continuously and actively working to improve the prevention, response, support and investigation of all instances of harassment, hate crime and sexual misconduct.”

The job was announced amid a five-year campaign by the National Union of Students to push universities to address the harassment of students.

Figures published as part of a report into sex assaults on campus showed one in five students said they had been a victim of harassment in their first week. 

An NUS spokeswoman said during the start of term last year: “We know sexual harassment and violence is prevalent on our campuses and women are disproportionately affected by this. 

“No student should have to face this on their campus and we welcome the opportunity this guidance presents in offering clear recommendations to the leadership in education on the actions they need to take to challenge these issues.

“NUS will continue to work with students’ unions and across the education sector to end sexual harassment, violence and hate crime.”

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