To continue the popular “I <3 Consent” campaign introduced in 2015, I amended the campaign with the SU Health and Wellbeing Coordinator to design a more student friendly and engaging programme of workshops. We delivered this training to over 150 student leaders, educating them how to challenge problematic sexual behaviours and influence positive cultures towards sexual consent. Later in the year, I collaborated with a business school student to deliver a campaign called “Expect Respect” to promote positive cultures in sports teams and societies.
The I Heart Consent campaign is a National Union of Students (NUS) initiative which aims to facilitate positive, informed and inclusive conversations and campaigns about sexual consent in universities and colleges across the UK.
In the UK, sexual consent is not currently a core aspect of mainstream sex and relationship education. One of the consequences of this is that consent is often not communicated as an essential part of all sexual interactions. Therefore, everyday conversations can be a way of engaging people who have not previously had access to inclusive and educational discussions about consent.