Universities UK released a report of over one-hundred pages today on violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students.

“In recent years there has been evidence”, the report says “which shows that some students have experienced episodes of harassment, hate crime, or sexual violence, and that their university may not always have responded effectively”

The report outlines the nature and the scale of the problem and cites evidence of this from Universities before outlining ways in which Universities should respond to harassment or hate crime based on students race, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.

The taskforce that made the report was established in 2015, and took evidence from organisations such as the National Union of Students as well as the universities themselves. “This report is the starting point” says Nicola Dandridge; Chief Executive of Universities UK, in the forward of the report, “More work is to come.