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]


USI Votes to Develop National Model for Consent Workshops

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today voted overwhelmingly to design national consent workshops for students, based on models successfully introduced in colleges across Ireland over the last year …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 28 March]

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University of Limerick forced to cancel sexual consent workshops over lack of interest

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick was forced to cancel its planned workshops on sexual consent for students recently – after only a few people signed up to attend …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 2 March]

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Sexual consent classes at UCD cancelled due to lack of interest

Posted in Teaching on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Students’ Union has cancelled classes on sexual consent because of a lack of interest. Approximately 20 students out of a student population of 30,000 have participated in the classes which were first announced in February last year as part of the university’s #NotAskingForIt campaign …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Consent classes dropped by UCD and the Students’ Union

Posted in Teaching on February 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Consent classes have been dropped by the UCD Students’ Union and the university. Plans were announced in February 2016 for the union to run classes in co-operation with the university. The UCDSU President at the time, Marcus O’Halloran, explained that the union would run the consent classes with the expectation that the university would take part in running them …” (more)

[Niamh O’Regan, University Observer, 15 February]

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Sexual Consent Classes

Posted in Teaching on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“21% of Irish respondents to an EU-wide survey late last year think having sex without consent is acceptable in certain situations. Does that worry you? It should …” (more)

[Eimear Kelly, Campus.ie, 30 January]


USI praise Irish universities for continuation of consent education

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) last week praised third level institutes across Ireland for introducing consent classes for students, with which the main aim is to normalise speech around consent and encourage people to know their rights around bodily autonomy …” (more)

[SIN, 13 October]

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Sexual consent: ‘They grab your arse or boobs and think it’s ok’

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThe Women’s Podcast: Kathleen Harris talks to students and experts about sexual consent workshops in Irish universities. ‘It’s actually worrying how common it is going out and getting touched’, says a female 20-year-old Irish student who wishes to remain anonymous …” (more)

[Irish Times, 10 October]

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71% of UCD Students Say Consent Workshops Should be Introduced on Campus in Survey

Posted in Teaching on October 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Results from a recent survey undertaken by the UCD Students’ Union on sex and consent has shown that 71% of respondents felt ‘introducing consent workshops to campus was important’. Overall 3,857 students took part in the survey, with the number who answered each question varying …” (more)

[College Tribune, 4 October]

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Consent Workshops are an Attempt to Outline What Active Sexual Consent Is

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The consent workshops for first-year students begin in Trinity Hall today and will run over the next week. The workshops were proposed last year by then-Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Gender Equality Officer, Louise Mulrennan, and myself, and were passed almost unanimously at a meeting of the union’s council in January …” (more)

[Kieran McNulty, University Times, 18 September]

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Five things to expect from college consent workshops

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Students’ Unions of Trinity and UCD caused quite a stir when they announced plans to introduce consent workshops for incoming first-year students. But now that the year is starting, what can students expect from a consent workshop? …” (more)

[Daire Courtney, Independent, 8 September]

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Training to Begin in Early September for Students Selected as Consent Workshop Instructors

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Training for the instructors of Trinity Hall’s mandatory consent workshops will take place on September 1st, and will see 12 students trained to lead the workshops that will begin this year for first-year residents, alongside 12 staff facilitators …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 27 July]

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UCD brings in obligatory sex consent classes

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin will introduce mandatory sexual consent classes – as officials try to track down students who reportedly shared intimate images of female students …” (more)

[Martin Grant, Independent, 10 February]

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