In College, Sex and Drugs are the Rule – Not the Exception

Posted in Life on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, while waiting outside a tutorial, I met a fellow second-year arts student. We struck up a conversation about the similar tote bags we both carried and the conversation – although very surface-level – was rather pleasant. Things took a strange turn, though, as within a matter of minutes she was divulging to me an incredibly detailed story about how she had been on ketamine at Trinity Ball and lost a small bag …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 24 September]

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Majority of students ‘do not think 12 pints makes a person unable to give consent’

Posted in Life, Research on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than two-thirds of students do not think 28 standard drinks makes a person too drunk to give sexual consent, a study has found. As part of a number of investigations into sexual consent among third level students, researchers at NUI Galway carried out an online survey of 753 participants, who were shown two versions of a scenario in which two students go home together after a night out …” (more)

[Dean Ruxton, Irish Times, 7 August]

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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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No means no: Why sexual consent is a growing educational issue in colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Campaigns like SHAG and SHIFT weeks aim to put the focus on the big issue of sexual consent at third level institutions. From ‘Cups of Tea’ and business cards carrying definitions of sexual consent to flash-mobs, sex magicians, posters and workshops, the message to third-level students across the country this autumn is simple: no means no …” (more)

[Áilín Quinlan, Irish Examiner, 9 September]


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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