An online hub is being launched tomorrow at NUI Galway on sexual consent in the third level sector.
Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris and Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton will attend the university to announce details of the service, which goes live in September.
Understanding the meaning and importance of consent is the key message behind the new digital hub.
The hub will provide an integrated, publicly available resource on sexual consent awareness and consent learning resources.
Students can avail of online consent workshops, a video series and engage with social media on topics such as disclosure.
Third level staff will also have access to online training on sexual consent awareness.
The resource was developed by the departments of Justice and Higher Education in partnership with NUIG.
A dedicated website has been created by an 'active consent' research team at the college with comprehensive resources.
Dr Padraig MacNeela, is overseeing the Active Consent Programme at NUI Galway.
He said the hub was based around the idea of 'consent literacy' for all members of our society.
Dr MacNeela explained that this means that people feel confident in their knowledge and understanding of consent, their communication skills with partners, how to access supports themselves or help others to do so, so we can safely challenge unacceptable aspects of our culture.
Minister Hildegarde Naughton said there can be no room for doubt or ambiguity on the issue of consent and what healthy consent looks like.
She added that the initiative was an excellent resource for the third level sector and beyond.
Minister Simon Harris said no part of our society was untouched by sexual violence and harassment.
The concept of consent has been contested in courtrooms and in the discourse about sexual violence.
He said people needed to be safe, empowered, confident and capable in their relationships and that the work being done in the higher education sector on consent can be a positive educator for other areas.
He added that the online learning hub would provide an important resource not only for third level institutions, but also for the wider community.
The hub will go live during the coming academic year, with further elements rolled out in 2022.
The initiative was funded by the Department of Justice, which is overseeing a wider national campaign on consent later this year.