University Women In The Arts Releases Guidelines For Universities To Help Address Abuse And Bullying In The Arts Industry

University Women in the Arts, the mentoring scheme to help improve the transition for women from studying the arts to working in the arts, has released guidelines for universities to help address bullying and abuse in the arts industry.


The guidelines were drawn up at the Hampstead Theatre, as part of a University Women in the Arts event run in partnership with Sphinx Theatre Company, earlier this month.


The guidelines contain suggestions by female arts students from across the UK on the role universities could play in helping to eradicate bullying and harassment in the arts, as well as helping to prepare students better for entering the arts industry.


Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “Our University Women in the Arts event at the Hampstead Theatre with Sphinx Theatre Company took place shortly after the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. As such, it felt important to use the opportunity to discuss this issue with the female arts students in attendance and we were proud to see their passion to draw up these guidelines to help universities better address and help eradicate bullying and harassment in the arts. We hope universities, drama schools and other educational institutions will find these suggestions from female arts students across the UK useful”.


University Women in the Arts was set up to address the fact that more women study the arts but less women work in the arts in the UK, particularly in artistic and leadership roles. For example, UCAS figures show that, in 2016, 63% of all students studying the arts were female. However, Tonic Theatre, British Theatre Consortium, Freelands Foundation and other recent research shows only around 30% of professional playwrights, directors and artists are female.


The University Women in the Arts scheme is also becoming a part of the new company Art School, which is being set up to help support the arts industry and education sector to work together to improve and protect arts education. Writer, producer and mentor Titilola Dawudu, who is currently on the Artistic Director Leadership Programme’s “Leaders of Tomorrow” programme, will become Deputy Director of University Women in the Arts, supported by Assistant Producers Rachel Coombe, Samia Dijilli and Sarah Dutton to ensure the long term future of the scheme.


Art School is currently running its first initiative, a year long series of events to bring together and provide access to work leading the way in terms of art education in the UK from the arts industry and education sector. Art School’s second event takes place on November 29th and Titilola Dawudu will speak at a forthcoming event – more information is available at:


The Guidelines for Universities to Address Bullying and Harassment in the Arts Industry are available at:  Suggestions For Universities – University Women in the Arts


For more information on the University Women in the Arts scheme in general and to join the mailing list to be kept informed of future events please go to: