Lack of funding for sexual consent classes in Trinity, Oireachtas committee told

Posted in Teaching on October 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It may not be possible to extend classes on sexual consent to all students at Trinity College Dublin due to a lack of funding, an Oireachtas committee was told on Tuesday. Trinity College Dublin students’ union has run consent workshops for students living in Trinity Hall college accommodation based in Rathmines, and these saw 90% attendance rates last year …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Sexual consent classes at Irish universities to be examined

Posted in Teaching on October 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An Oireachtas committee is examining the effectiveness, timeliness and certification of sexual consent classes at Ireland’s universities. The Joint Committee on Education and Skills is looking at whether third-level of education is the right time to introduce these classes – or whether this needs to happen more at secondary level …” (more)

[Jack Quann, NewsTalk, 23 October]

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Surge in college consent classes take-up

Posted in Teaching on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Attendances at sexual consent workshops at universities has ‘skyrocketed’ this year following a number of high-profile cases. In some colleges, the number of students signing up for the training courses has jumped 600% …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan, Irish Examiner, 22 October]

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The A&F hazing incidents proves why all colleges should have consent classes

Posted in Teaching on October 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Half naked students performing mock sex acts, some stripping down to their jocks, others breaking up with their other halves over the phone. This was an actual, real-life initiation procedure to get into the Accounting and Finance Society (A&F) at DCU for the 2018/19 academic year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 20 October]

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Consent Workshops Won’t Be Enough to Tackle On-Campus Sexual Assaults

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks ago, the Irish Examiner reported that three University College Cork (UCC) students were raped in the week that classes began this semester. As we watch the fallout in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh trial and Bill Cosby begins his prison sentence, one can only shake their heads in disbelief at RTE’s tweet last week, which asked whether the #MeToo movement has done more harm than good …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 11 October]

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Terrible assaults emphasise the need for educational campaigns surrounding consent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour spokesperson on Justice, and TD for Cork East, Seán Sherlock has called on Minister Mitchell O’Connor to lay out a timeline for the delivery of promised compulsory consent classes in Irish Universities. This call follows reporting today of three incidents of rape of students in Cork in recent weeks …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 25 September]

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NUIG Freshers to partake in consent workshops

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) are to run the first ever consent workshops at two of their student residences, Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village. Organised by the NUI Galway Smart Consent Programme, over 40 trained volunteers will participate in the education of sexual consent to first year students …” (more)

[Caroline Boyle, Trinity News, 10 September]

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UL student group taking strong stance on sexual consent classes

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor is considering making classes on sexual consent compulsory in all Irish colleges, following a series of workshops at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Limerick Post, 3 September]

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Sexual consent among Irish students

Posted in Teaching on August 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The recent NUIG study on sexual consent among Irish students (‘Majority of students do not think 12 pints makes a person unable to give consent’, August 7th) certainly paints a depressing picture, for which some kind of response is warranted …” (more)

[Lennon O’Naraigh, Irish Times, 10 August]

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Sexual consent workshops for students should be compulsory after ‘troubling’ report – Minister

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sexual consent workshops may become mandatory for students in all third-level colleges in the wake of new research on sex-related attitudes and behaviours on campus. Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said she thought it was time to make them compulsory, describing as ‘troubling’ findings from a study by NUI Galway …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 August]

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Trinity Approves €15k Consent Class Expansion

Posted in Teaching on June 1st, 2018 by steve

“Trinity has approved a €15,000 expansion of consent classes in a move that would see College take responsibility for funding the pioneering workshops. A meeting of the Student Life Committee today approved the proposal from Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) to expand the consent classes, after two successful pilot years in Trinity Hall …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Aisling Marren, University Times, 30 May]

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Relationships and education on campus

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“Sir, – The Bystander Intervention pilot programme at UCC introduced in 2016/17 addresses the issues of sexual and relationship violence among students, by developing an understanding of the dangers of the social normalisation of abusive behaviour, an awareness of indicators of danger and abusive relationships, and the crucial capacity of a bystander to positively and safely intervene …” (more)

[Louise Crowley, Irish Times, 6 April]

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UCC Feminist Society launch petition for mandatory consent classes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students in University College Cork (UCC) have launched a petition to make consent classes mandatory for all incoming first year students. Launched yesterday by UCC Feminist Society, the petition currently has over 700 signatories, surpassing the original aim of 500 set by the committee …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 8 February]

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87.8% of students believe consent workshops should take place every year

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“87.8% of students who attended the consent workshops organised by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) stated they believe the workshops should take place ‘every orientation’, according to feedback gathered by the Union …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 22 November]

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Flyers on flirting? The tricky issue of sexual consent on campus

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The rules of the dating game are changing. For Trinity College students in Dublin nightclubs, it can help to have a flyer with advice on sexual consent close to hand. It spells out in an easy acronym: FRIES or ‘freely-given, retractable, informed, enthusiastic and specific’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Trinity Hall Consent Workshops See Record Turnout

Posted in Teaching on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The organisers of the consent workshops in Trinity Hall have been forced to put on extra workshops and call in more facilitators due to the large numbers of students turning up to participate in the classes. With 400 people participating in the workshops as a whole last year, over 200 people turned up to the workshops on the first day alone …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 20 September]

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Consent Conversations Must Respond to Students Who Barely Recognise Sexual Assault

Posted in Life on August 21st, 2017 by steve

“A survey on sexual assault was a long time coming in Northern Ireland. With national conversation erupting in the last few years around consent, Queen’s have followed in the footsteps of USI and Trinity respectively, in conducting their own survey to glean insight into the prevalence of sexual assault on campus. The Queen’s survey is unexpectedly pioneering in more ways than one …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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Trinity Consent Workshops Return in September Improved and Refocused, After Year of Review

Posted in Teaching on August 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Consent workshops for incoming first-year students have undergone several changes after 400 students participated in last year’s successful pilot. The most successful workshops of their kind in Ireland last year, the classes were held in Trinity Hall over the course of Freshers’ Week …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 5 August]

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Following Trinity’s Example, Queen’s University Belfast to Launch Consent Classes in October

Posted in Teaching on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Queen’s University Belfast’s consent classes will be based on the successful Trinity model when they run for the first time in October. The pilot programme, which will run in Queen’s residential accommodation, could see nearly 1,500 first-year students take part …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 31 July]

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The Challenge of Running Constructive Consent Classes in University

Posted in Teaching on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The idea that the giving and receiving of consent should be taught is a relatively new concept. Schools in Ireland were, and still are, caught up with exposing children to graphic images of STD riddled genitalia and filling them with fear of unwanted pregnancy. How a healthy and normal sexual relationship might be carried out between young adults was none of their concern …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 April]

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