On January 18 2022, Michele Donelan, Minister for Further and Higher Education in England, announced that universities must stop using NDAs for complaints about sexual harassment, bullying and other forms of misconduct. In her words, “I am determined to see this shabby practice stamped out on our campuses.” 

The first step is a voluntary pledge which Minister Donelan and Can’t Buy My Silence are asking universities to sign on to:

Backed by the Minister for Higher and Further Education, former Equalities Select Committee Chair Maria Miller MP and campaign group #CantBuyMySilence, we [our vice-chancellor and higher education provider] commit to not using Non-Disclosure Agreements to silence people who come forward to raise complaints of sexual harassment, abuse or misconduct, or other forms of harassment and bullying.”


Please check to see if your university has signed the pledge (University Pledge List) and if not, please consider sending them this letter urging them to do so!

If you represent an English provider of higher education, and you want to sign the pledge on behalf of your institution, please contact Adam Watson at the Department for Education: adam.watson@education.gov.uk