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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Consent Workshops for First Year Students

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Consent Workshops for First Year Students

This year NUI Galway Students’ Union will roll out consent workshops to the first year students at Student Residences Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village. Over 40 volunteers have been trained by the NUI Galway Smart Consent Programme to facilitate these workshops to students, which include an interactive one hour session on what sexual consent means.

Consent workshops are becoming more a feature of third level education, with the rise of the #metoo movement and sexual harassment on college campuses. The Students’ Union is also involved in a number of other activities which promote safe sex and consent, including distributing free condoms and promoting the free STI Clinic on campus.

On the importance of educating people on consent, NUI Galway Students’ Union Welfare & Equality Officer Clare Austick said: “Consent education is extremely important and beneficial to students as there appears to be a very evident lack of understanding around the topic of consent and sexual health in general. I believe Students’ Unions and Universities in particular should take a strong lead in implementing consent workshops as sexual violence and harassment are still very prevalent issues in today’s world. Consent isn’t a straightforward, black and white, spoken about topic, whereby a lack of consent given can potentially ruin lives. These workshops are designed to create a dialogue between students around consent and empower the individual to communicate what they may or may not want.”

Padráig MacNeela of SMART Consent had this to add: “It is really exciting to work with NUI Galway Students’ Union on rolling out consent workshops. We know from our research with over 2,000 students nationwide that the workshops are enjoyable and have an impact on confidence and knowledge. Now we have the opportunity to learn how to mainstream workshops as part of the student experience at NUI Galway. We will also be releasing short films on consent where you can decide which way you want the evening to end, the first one is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/consent=omfg/

Pictured: (left to right) SU President Megan Reilly and SU VP/Equality and Welfare Officer Clare Austick

SHAG Week 2015

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SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2015

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2015

Monday 2nd of November/Dé Luain, an 2 Samhain

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokey’s with Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous) & Consent Questionnaire

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk (3pm-4pm)

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. SOLD OUT.

Tuesday 3rd of November/Dé Máirt, an 3 Samhain

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokeys with Student Quiz Interview “Did you know?” Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous), Condom Challenge & Consent Questionnaire

12.30pm-2.30pm Consent Workshop (Females) Book your space now

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk

6pm-8pm Free Screening of Movie “The Hunting Ground” in the Lower Aula and Panel Discussion on Sexual Consent, Harassment & Supports in NUI Galway

Wednesday 4th of November/ Dé Céadaoin, an 4 Samhain

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokey’s with Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous), Condom Challenge & Consent Questionnaire

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk

Evening Residence Run – Gort na Coiribe & Cuirt na Coiribe

Thursday 5th of November/Déardaoin, an 5 Samhain

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokey’s with Condom Challenge and Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous)

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk

5pm-7pm Consent Workshop (Male) Book Your Space Now

Evening Residence Run – Corrib Village

Friday 6th of November/Déardaoin, an 6 Samhain

1pm-3pm Consent Workshop (Female) Book Your Space Now

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus.

Beidh pacáistí SHAG ar fáil ó thús deireadh na seachtaine ó Oifig an Chomhaltais, ó Dheasc Innealtóireachta an Chomhaltais agus ón gCriú Leasa ar fud an champais.

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

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