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)

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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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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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UCD Students’ Union plans mandatory sexual consent classes

Posted in Teaching on February 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) has announced plans to introduce mandatory workshops on sexual consent for all students and is calling on university management to come ‘completely on board’ and increase funding for the courses …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 9 February]

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Consent classes to begin at UCD following allegations of ‘revenge porn’

Posted in Teaching on February 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union confirmed yesterday that they have met with UCD President Andrew Deeks, and expect the University to begin consent classes from this September …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, University Observer, 9 February]

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Compulsory sexual consent classes planned for UCD following revenge porn allegations

Posted in Teaching on February 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sexual consent workshops could soon be mandatory for all year groups at University College Dublin (UCD) following allegations of revenge porn targeting female students …” (more)

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Are sexual consent classes a step too far?

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students at Trinity College Dublin have backed plans for mandatory workshops on consent. Our reporter asks if we should be offended, or embrace the idea as a positive move …” (more)

[Tanya Sweeney, Independent, 4 February]

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The Fire Talk Analogy Misleads in Talks About Consent

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The recent move to introduce mandatory consent classes for first years living in Trinity Hall has been hailed as a triumphant step forward in the war against rape and sexual violence. Advocates have pointed to the worryingly high numbers of students – 25% and 5% of males – reporting that they have had a non-consensual sexual encounter …” (more)

[James Behan, University Times, 3 February]

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Sexual consent workshops

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Consent education is not about labelling people as offenders or victims but preventing sexual assault and ensuring respect for all parties. The simple fact is that such education – while it should have been provided much earlier in life – is severely lacking in Ireland …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 3 February]


Rape victim: sexual consent is a problem in universities

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A rape victim and former TCD student says the introduction by the university of mandatory sexual consent workshops are the ‘bare minimum’ needed to address an ‘enormous’ problem in many third-level campuses …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 3 February]

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