Report examines issue of consent among third-level students

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Young people’s ambivalence towards what constitutes sexual consent when alcohol is involved is captured in new research which shows that while the majority of college students (86%) agree that alcohol impacts on the ability to give consent, more than a third (37%) feel that a woman can still give consent after drinking heavily …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 7 July]

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Over 90% of sexually active Irish college students have not had an STI test

Posted in Life on July 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over 90% of sexually active third level students in Ireland have not had an STI test. This is despite almost a quarter of them admitting to having had more than five sexual partners each …” (more)

[Denise Calnan, Independent, 22 July]

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11% of women students believe they were sexually assaulted

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Survey in NUIG and UCC reveals different attitudes between genders to casual sex. More than one in 10 women students at universities in Cork and Galway believe they were sexually assaulted in the past year when drunk or drugged …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 4 June]

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One in four female TCD students sexually assaulted – survey

Posted in Legal issues on January 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One in four female students at Trinity College who responded to a students’ union survey has had a non-consensual sexual experience. The soon-to-be-released study, which surveyed 1,038 male and female students online …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 20 January]

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New Cambridge students to attend compulsory sexual consent workshops

Posted in Legal issues on September 20th, 2014 by steve

“As freshers arrive at Cambridge University next month, on their packed timetable of welcome meetings, matriculation photographs, punting trips and city tours there will be one extra date for their diaries …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 19 September]

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UCC students more likely to have taken drugs than others

Posted in Life on July 8th, 2014 by steve

“UCC students are more likely to have taken illegal drugs, are less likely to be teetotallers, are more sexually active and are more financially independent than students of UCD or Trinity College …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 8 July]

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No sex for the President

Posted in Life on January 24th, 2014 by steve

“With apologies for the salacious title of this post. When you and I were students, and when we were staying in some student residence or other, some of us if we’re old enough may have been subject …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 January]

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Facebook warned over site rating sex partners

Posted in Life on May 29th, 2013 by steve

“Facebook pages that encourage students to rate the performance of their sexual partners have provoked uproar on university campuses and may leave the social networking giant open to legal action …” (more)

[Oliver Duggan, Independent, 29 May]

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Don’t be that guy

Posted in Life on October 7th, 2012 by steve

“As a university lecturer, of course I know what students get up to when they’re not studying – not that I hear it from any of my own students. Of course they drink. Of course they have casual sex and regret it afterwards …” (more)

[Jenny Muir, East Belfast Diary, 7 October]

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Economics students ‘are most promiscuous’

Posted in Life on September 26th, 2012 by steve

“It may be known as the dismal science, but it seems that economics has a rather racier side. Undergraduate economists were found to be the Casanovas of British students in a survey …” (more)

[Sam Marsden, Daily Telegraph, 26 September]

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A little bit of sex but not too much, we’re British university students

Posted in Life on June 17th, 2012 by steve

Student Beans has published a British university sex league, which consists of the results of a survey of the number of sex partners since starting university. At the top is Bangor University with an average of 8.31, followed by Heriot-Watt and Plymouth. This is probably a result of savage cuts which have curtailed library hours and left students with nothing else to do …” (more)

[Richard Holmes, University Ranking Watch, 17 June]

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Most students having unprotected sex

Posted in Life on February 13th, 2012 by steve

“Almost three-quarters of Irish students surveyed have had sex without a condom, with 13% citing impairment due to alcohol as the reason for having done so, a survey has found. The survey, published today, was carried out by the Union of Students in Ireland …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Sex, students and celibacy

Posted in Life on February 22nd, 2010 by steve

“Madam, – As an Irish third-level student I take exception to M Clenaghan’s letter (February 15th) which suggests that the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is acting inappropriately by providing free condoms to third-level students as part of its Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance campaign …” (more)

[Paul O’Dwyer, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Sex, students and celibacy

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2010 by steve

“Madam, – Some 45,000 third-level students are to be given a sexual health awareness pack from the Union of Students in Ireland (Home News, February 9th). I hope it will give a clear message explaining that intimate physical contact can be postponed while young people get to know each other and allow their friendships to grow slowly. Will the students learn from this pack that the only safe sex is faithful sex within a committed loving relationship? …” (more)

[M Clenaghan, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Students’ union to launch safe-sex campaign

Posted in Life on February 9th, 2010 by steve

“A sexual health awareness pack is to be distributed to third-level students throughout the State as part of a new safe-sex campaign by the Union of Students in Ireland. The packs, to be given to some 45,000 students across college campuses, will contain condoms and information on contraception …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 9 February]

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USI launches safer sex campaign

Posted in Life on February 8th, 2010 by steve

“A sexual-health awareness pack is to be distributed to third-level students throughout the country as part of a new campaign being launched today by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The packs, which will be received by some 45,000 students across college campuses, will contain condoms and information on contraception …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 8 February]

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File under – ‘Silly comments by middle-aged university managers’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Last week I was walking across the DCU campus when I came upon a frantic young man in a car who, as he told me, had an urgent appointment in the university but couldn’t find anywhere to park. On this occasion I was able to help him, but these days we have constant car parking issues. In his book, The Uses of the University, Clark Kerr, the late chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, suggested that a university president has three key tasks that the institution’s main stakeholders will expect to see achieved: ‘sex for the students, athletics for the alumni, and parking for the faculty’. Only the last of these, Kerr suggested, presented a problem …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 6 October]

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DCU President believes sex exploitation should be focused on – but what about on campus?

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“I am a regular reader of A University Blog – I find it quite insightful and an enjoyable read. I have to say this latest post struck me as the most interesting in recent times. The post focuses on whether colleges should interfere in the lives of students especially when it comes to sexual matters – students will do what they do – regardless of what you tell them. But will they? In light of the recent stories about student prostitution – not less the one I wrote about in the Sunday Independent – I found it necessary to make a couple of observations and post a few questions of my own …” (more)

[Tallyman, 4 September]

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We’ve covered sports and car parking: so what about sex?

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“As I pointed out in a post last year, it has been suggested that the three things a university President has to secure are ‘sex for the students, athletics for the alumni, and parking for the faculty.’ Whatever about athletics and car parking, I had never actually been asked by anyone to arrange for sex for the students. On the whole my suspicion would have been that they don’t need much help in that department anyway. But then today, in the course of an interview, I was asked to express a view on the free availability of sex on university campuses. It wasn’t really that different when I was a student. Or rather, it wasn’t that different on the campus …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 September]

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Ban sex between lecturers and students?

Posted in Life on January 25th, 2009 by steve

“When Professor Istvan Pogany, 57, began a consensual relationship with one of his students at Britain’s University of Warwick, he did what many would consider ‘good practice’ and informed his line manager. But the student, who is in her 30s, then fell pregnant and her subsequent anguished decision to have an abortion led to lurid headlines that raised the question again whether intimate relationships between academics and students should be more strongly discouraged, or even prohibited. Warwick, like many other universities, has struggled with this highly complex issue for years and is continually seeking to improve its response …” (more)

[Paul Rigg, University World News, 25 January]

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