This research was carried out between August 2009 and March 2010. During this time NUS conducted a literature review and a national online survey of 2058 women students' experiences of harassment, financial control, control over their course and institution choices, stalking, violence, and sexual assault. Only current students were asked to fill in the survey, and questions were only asked about students' experiences whilst studying at their current institution. The report Hidden Marks summarises the headline findings from this research.
Our vision is of an education system in which all further and higher education students can participate confidently, without the restraint of harassment and fear of violence.
We believe that institutions and students' unions have a key role to play in ending violence against women in education and in that regard we make two key recommendations. These recommendations have been developed as a result of our analysis of the survey responses. The detail of these recommendations, and further recommendations, can be found in the last chapter of this report.