Staff at top UK uni have been watching a lot of porn at work

Staff at a top UK university watched online pornography more than 5,000 per day over the summer, new stats have shown.

Student newspaper The Tab put in a Freedom of Information request to University College London (UCL) and found that staff at the University had accessed adult video site Porn Hub an astonishing 125,000 times in August - when students were at home.

Industry experts estimate that between 5 and 10% of these views were by individuals browsing the website at different times and browsing multiple pages, meaning that between 6,250 and 12,000 staff viewed the site in August alone.


lecturers watching porn

"What are you working on there, Professor?" "Oh err... I'm studying the effects of... err... pornography on... my err... crotch."


Redtube was also visited by up to 3,200 people over July and August, while Live Jasmin was visited 27 times in the two months.

Browsers also spent their time on Literotica - a free erotic fiction site, famed for having "fan fic" such as rewritten erotic versions of the Twilight Saga or Moby Dick.

The figures record hits using the University College London network, including university staff as well as delegates and visiting lecturers staying in the university rooms over the summer.

The UCL Acceptable User Policy says the network must be used only if "properly associated with the UCL programme of study or course for which a student is registered - and reasonable personal use."

"reasonable personal use is defined as incidental and occasional use which does not…involve accessing, downloading, storing or sending offensive or inappropriate material or information, or is such as to amount to a criminal or civil offence"

UCL reaction

UCL press office said: "The figures provided were for individual 'data requests' to the websites.

"A visit to a single webpage is likely to generate many such requests, often dozens. Therefore the actual number of visitors to any website will be a tiny fraction of the overall number of data requests recorded. "

"Although the AUP states that inappropriate material may not be accessed or downloaded, we do not have any outbound filtering in place - i.e., we log such access but do not block any legal content.

"Illegal content, especially as defined by the Internet Watch Foundation, is blocked upstream."

UCL have not mentioned whether this is the real reason why form filling at this university (and others) takes so damn long.


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