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Top universities hiring investigators to probe rising student sexual assault allegations

SEX ASSAULT POLICE

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.

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.”

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