At Oxford Brookes University, we believe that everyone deserves to be treated equitably and respectfully, to be heard and valued, and to have access to educational resources and information so that thoughtful choices can be made.
We know this is rarely straightforward when considering issues of sexual consent.
This is why the University has introduced a mandatory sexual consent education course that will support our students to engage with the complexities of consent. Together we are striving for a safe and respectful campus for all.
We asked our students what they thought about consent, watch our video to find out what they said.
Brookes students have been involved in the consent project from the very beginning, from helping to choose the course and providing constructive feedback, to calling for the course to be made mandatory as part of the Brookes Together campaign.
Student participation is vital and we are working hard to develop a trauma-informed staff-student dialogue which breaks down any issues of mistrust. To achieve this, we work closely with students, Brookes Union and external consultants.
It’s important that students continue to be involved as we further develop sexual consent education at Oxford Brookes. Please get in touch with the Consent team at email@example.com so that we can improve the course and better represent you.
Understanding consent means we're all able to have more safe, ethical and enjoyable sexual experiences.
The University has collaborated with the sexual health charity, Brook, to provide our students with a comprehensive consent course. This consists of five modules and takes approximately 70 minutes to complete, which you can work through in your own time.
This course supports you to:
- understand the law as well as the gender norms, stereotypes and cultural factors which may affect someone's ability to consent
- communicate about consent with partners
- know what to do if you or a friend experiences harassment or violence.
To access the course:
- Click 'Start the sexual consent course' below.
- Log in to Moodle with your Brookes ID and password.
- Type or copy and paste the word Ready in the enrolment key box.
- Click 'Enrol me'.
If you have any issues accessing or completing the course, please contact the Consent team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our webinar series is designed to open up conversations with staff, students and our wider communities about the complexities of sexual consent education.
A panel of experts involved in sexual consent work, as well as student and staff representatives are guided by pre-submitted and live questions from the audience during the event.
Watch our latest webinars below, or view the full series on Panopto.
Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA), Ellie Coyle, is employed by Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) and funded by the University to exclusively support Brookes students.
Ellie is here to provide emotional and practical support and advice to any students who have experienced sexual violence at any time. She works alongside, but independently of, the University's Welfare team within Student Support Services.
You can refer yourself to the ISVA service by filling out and submitting the OSARCC self-referral form.
You can also contact Ellie via email:BrookesUniISVA@osarcc.org.uk.
- Victims First Specialist Service provides specialist support for victims and witnesses of crime including rape and sexual abuse.
- Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre offers a free and confidential service to self-identifying women who are dealing with the effects of sexual violence, and to anyone who is supporting them.
- SurvivorsUK offer a free and confidential service to anyone who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past who are dealing with effects of sexual violence, and to anyone who is supporting them.
- Galop offer confidential and independent practical advice and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence.
If you participate in the sexual consent education project, you may be eligible for BrookesEDGE. This is open to all students but you must register interest in participating first by contacting email@example.com.
BrookesEDGE is a co-curricular scheme run by the University and Brookes Union to help students make the most of their time at University and to become ready for the job market.
If you have ideas for educational events and activities, or you would like to get involved in the project, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.