Women who sign up can agree to exchange their time and affection for lavish dates, expensive shopping trips and, in some cases, regular cash allowances.The website – which specifically targets university students by offering a free premium membership to users with a university email address – also reported a 58 per cent increase in all university students enrolling in 2012.The current academic year is the first in which undergraduates can be charged up to a maximum £9000 in annual tuition fees.
Last week, the Shag At Uni site published an appeal for lecturers to "come on in" and sign up to the site, which describes its "sole purpose is to help students meet up for sex".
It even published a special "Code of Conduct" for university lecturers to sign up for the site, which included "Optionally use a fake name" and "Highlight that you have the LILF [Lecturer I'd Like to ****] Factor."Lecturers’ union UCU refused to condemn the site, despite one worried mother calling it "every mother's worst nightmare" as it encouraged those in positions of trust to prey on naive teenagers.
But today, Global Personals Ltd, which acts as the hosting company for Shag At Uni, told the site’s owner Tom Thurlow to take down the post.
Global Personal spokesman Richard Gale told uk: "He took it down straight away.
"He doesn't work for us, and we are not particularly happy with him."The post claimed that since the site's launch in 2012, an increasing number of lecturers had been signing up looking for casual sex.
Mr Gale said: "I don't agree with what he was saying.
I don't believe he has seen an increase in lecturers signing up to his site.
He added: "We are not prepared to tolerate this."The website has caused controversy in the past by awarding a 20-year-old Exeter student the title of "The UK's Horniest Student" after she boasted of sleeping with up to three men a week during her studies. "Mother-of-two Tracy Smith, 40, from Gloucester, discovered the site when researching about student's social lives on behalf of her 18-year-old daughter who is going to Portsmouth University in September.
Mr Thurlow defended the competition at the time by saying: "Can people please wake up and smell the coffee! Mrs Smith said: "Lecturers should be punished if they sign up to this site."Doctors aren't allowed to have this relationship with a patient, and this is no different - these are positions of trust."Could you imagine opening up and seeing your daughter on this site?
"It's every mother's nightmare."The National Union of Students did not criticise the site, and a spokesman said: "The sexual practice of university students is an entirely personal choice.
"Institutions may have their own codes of practices for staff, which should be followed."The UCU (University and College Union) which is the largest trade union and professional association for academics and lecturers in the UK did not wish to make a comment on the site.