At Oxford Brookes University, we believe that everyone deserves to be treated equitably and respectfully, to be heard and valued, and to access accurate information so that thoughtful choices can be made.
We know this is rarely straightforward when considering issues of sexual consent.
This is why over the next 3-5 years staff and students across the University are designing a sexual consent education programme which will support everyone to engage with the complexities of consent. Together we are striving for a safe and respectful campus for all.
Student participation is vital and we are keen to develop a trauma-informed staff-student dialogue which breaks down issues of mistrust. To achieve this, we are working closely with students, Brookes Union and external consultants.
In addition to the online resources, in 2021-22 we will develop a student-led podcast series exploring:
- intersectional experiences of sexual consent
- positions of trust between staff and students
- toxic masculinity.
By-stander training and designing an in-depth fresher’s week programme for September 2022 are also priorities.
Understanding consent means we're all able to have more safe, ethical and enjoyable sexual experiences.
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 and provides advice on what to do if you or a friend experiences harassment or violence.
To access the course:
- Click 'Start the sexual consent education' course below.
- Log in to Moodle with your Brookes student number and password.
- Click 'Enrol me' to access the course.
The Let's talk about consent! 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 are guided by pre-questions submitted by students in advance and those from the audience during the event. Each panel is formed of people involved in sexual consent work and chaired by Saskia Clubb, Vice-President of Activities & Employability at Brookes Union.
- 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.
- Galup offer confidential and independent practical advice and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence.
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 email: email@example.com.