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]


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)

[, 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,, 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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