Consent put in spotlight at Irish colleges

Posted in Teaching on October 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new campaign surrounding consent is running across universities and colleges, now that students have returned. Dr Avril Hutch, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at UCC, and Professor Louise Crowley, School of Law, UCC, tell us more …” (more)

[EchoLive, 12 October]

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‘Love Island’ used to discuss tough topics at UCC

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The popular reality TV show Love Island, which came to a conclusion this week, is being used by UCC graduates to discuss relationship and societal problems, such as victim blaming, gas lighting and toxic relationships …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 24 August]

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Sexual consent support hub set up for third-level students from autumn

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new online sexual consent support hub will be available for third-level students and staff when the new academic year begins in the autumn. The digital hub aims to improve sexual consent awareness and understanding on university campuses in Ireland. It will contain material including eLearning resources on consent, video series and training resources for advocates and young people …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Sexual consent classes to be offered to third-level students

Posted in Teaching on June 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Classes on sexual consent are to be offered to third-level students and colleges will in future have to put in place new mechanisms for the anonymous reporting of sexual harassment. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris will on Monday announce a new plan that will see colleges commit to offering consent classes as well as specialised training for staff in dealing with harassment complaints …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 28 June]

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UCC sets tone for new year with Bystander Intervention Week

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The first week of the new semester was this year ushered in with the university’s inaugural Bystander Intervention Week: an effort to celebrate active bystanders in the UCC community and increase their number. The campaign adapted to Covid-19 restrictions and went virtual, hosting events, workshops and conversations to empower students and achieve a zero tolerance culture of sexual violence and harrassment at UCC …” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, UCC Express, 16 February]

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UCDSU Passes Sweeping Motion to Enforce Mandatory Consent Training

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) passed a motion to enforce mandatory Consent and Bystander Intervention training for all students and staff. The motion passed with an over 60-vote majority in the UCDSU Council Meeting on Monday, 1st of February …” (more)

[Stephen Kisbey-Green, College Tribune, 2 February]

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Students often embarrassed to raise issue of sexual consent, study shows

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Young people overwhelmingly believe in the principle of sexual consent, but sometimes feel embarrassed about raising the subject, a new study has found. A survey of college students has found 37% of female college students and 53% of male college students gave a ‘neutral’ or ‘agree’ response when asked whether asking for consent is awkward …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 21 September]


Consent education in college

Posted in Teaching on November 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Depending on who you ask, you may well receive a different answer on what it means to give or receive consent. ‘It’s simple’, someone might say, ‘No means No and Yes means Yes’. But in an environment where 32% of Irish students reported they would find it difficult to tell their partner they did not want to have sex and 1 in 4 female students have experienced unwanted sexual contact …” (more)

[Jack Ryan, Trinity News, 8 November]

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NUI Galway refuses to come on air over ‘obscene’ play

Posted in Teaching on October 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The play ‘The Kinds Of Sex You Might Have At College’ targets 1st Year students. NUI Galway has organised a play that is touring universities and colleges in Ireland, with a view to developing it for second-level students and younger age groups in the future …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 14 October]

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New consent campaign launched across Cork colleges

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new consent campaign, targeted towards students, has been launched in Cork city this week. The campaign has been initiated in response to a spike last September in the cases of rape reported to the the Cork Sexual Violence Centre (CSVC) by students during colleges’ Fresher’s weeks …” (more)

[Alfie Fletcher, Trinity News, 10 September]

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Active Consent Programme to Tour Colleges Across Ireland with Play titled ‘The Kinds of Sex You Might Have At College’

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Alumni of NUI Galway’s Drama and Theatre Studies will perform an original play, The Kinds of Sex You Might Have at College, as part of a limited national tour to Irish universities between September and October 2019 …” (more)

[NUIG, 2 September]

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‘We’re Failing Our Students’ When It Comes to Consent, Says Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today came out fervently in favour of consent education in universities speaking at the launch of the Systematic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) Charter launch today …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 15 May]

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How UCC’s Bystander Intervention Training Empowers Students

Posted in Teaching on May 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a university context, we have the privileged opportunity to facilitate and support student development both academically and beyond. Traumatic incidents of sexual harassment and violence, unwanted advances and unsolicited abusive comments are a deeply ingrained societal reality and are no less prevalent among third-level students …” (more)

[Louise Crowley, University Times, 9 May]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor Launches Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (5 April 2019) launched the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: ‘Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions’. The Framework aims to ensure the creation of an institutional campus culture which is safe, respectful and supportive …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 April]

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Consent classes ‘to help create safe college campuses’

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are under orders to work at making their campuses free from sexual violence and harassment through the implementation of a range of measures, including offering students classes in consent and calling out unacceptable behaviour. A drive to create campuses where everyone feels safe and supported is not a ‘box-ticking’ exercise they have been told …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 April]

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College consent classes too little, too late

Posted in Teaching on March 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A proposal to compel third level institutions to provide sexual consent classes or risk losing funding was floated last week after it was recommended in a Government-commissioned report. The report, which was sought by the Minister for State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor raised concerns about the levels of sexual assaults happening on Irish college campuses …” (more)

[Deborah Coleman, The Corkman, 30 March]

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Quarter of students suffer unwanted sexual advances in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2019 by steve

“More than a quarter of students at universities or colleges in Northern Ireland have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour, a survey has revealed. Over 2,200 students took part in the survey on consent and unwanted sexual behaviour, conducted by the National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 28 March]

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Education and consent

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Carl O’Brien’s article rightly highlights the need for safer and more respectful campuses (‘Consent on campus: UCC says it is building zero tolerance to sexual harassment’, Analysis, March 19th) …” (more)

[Malachi O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 25 March]

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The Irish Times view on sexual consent classes: time to bring this hidden violence into the public eye

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Research indicates that rape, sexual assault and harassment are mostly hidden problems on our college campuses. A Union of Students in Ireland report in recent years, based on a survey of more than 2,700 students, found 16% of respondents had experienced ‘unwanted sexual contact’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 20 March]

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Colleges risk losing funding if sexual consent classes not provided

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“All third-level colleges should be obliged to provide classes on sexual consent for students or risk losing State funding, a Government-commissioned report has recommended. The report follows rising concern over the level of rape and sexual assault on college campuses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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