TOP universities are hiring investigators to deal with rising student sexual assault allegations.
Manchester University pays up to £51,000 per year for its sexual assault and harassment response manager.
Durham and York universities each hired a dedicated member of staff in 2018.
Oxford pays £54,000 for a part-time staff member, hired in January 2020, while Newcastle has employed two people.
Other universities pay private firms about £10,000 per case.
Sheffield has paid £57,000 to Intersol Global since August 2018 while the London School of Economics paid it £21,000 to investigate two reports.
More than 3,500 sex assaults have been reported at universities since 2015.
Many appointments come after a Warwick student group chat promoting sexual violence was uncovered in 2019.
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One message said: “It’s fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls.”
Lawyer Georgina Calvert-Lee, who represented two group chat victims who sued Warwick, called the appointments a positive step.
She added: “It’s better they get someone who is trained and an expert in investigation.”