The University of Bristol and Bristol Students’ Union (Bristol SU) are working with Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) to raise awareness about sexual consent amongst our students and staff.
Sexual consent can sometimes be misunderstood and a number of myths surrounding sexual consent are commonplace.
The University and Bristol SU believe that learning more about sexual consent is important. We want to give our students the right information so that they can think more about it and discuss it with each other.
Sexual Consent Workshops in your Hall of Residence
When you arrive at the University you will have the chance to talk about sexual consent with the people you live with in organised workshops. The University’s Residences have put together a timetable of consent workshops for you, which will be facilitated by your Senior Residents and volunteers from Bristol SU.
Our facilitators have received training from SARSAS and their role will be to guide you through tasks and activities that will help you to develop your understanding of consent. The workshops will also be an opportunity for you to learn more about the law and consent, and you will also be given information about organisations and services who can provide both advice and support for you if you need it.
All undergraduate students in living in University accommodation will have the opportunity to attend a workshop, and we expect you to do so as part of your formal induction.
We understand that the subject matter and the issues that will be discussed at the workshops may trigger trauma related anxiety within individuals that have directly experienced sexual violence, or are close to somebody who has. We don't expect you to attend a workshop if that is the case for you, although you are very welcome to. However we do advise that you think carefully about your own welfare before coming along. It may be helpful to review the Participant Workbook (PDF, 396kB) used in the workshops to decide.
What other information will I receive about sexual consent?
When you arrive at the University you will attend a formal induction presentation that covers a number of subjects, including sexual consent.
External sources of support and information
The resource list below links to agencies external to the University who can provide support and advice relating to sexual consent and sexual violence.
- Supporting women, men, children and young people in the Avon and Somerset area that have been affected by rape or sexual assault. If someone has been assaulted in the last 8 days, as the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for the area they can take forensic samples and keep them indefinitely. This means it is possible to defer the decision whether to report the matter to the Police.
- 0117 342 6999 (open 24 hours)
Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS)
- Specialist support service for people in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, or South Gloucestershire, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives
- 0117 929 9556
Pause, Play, Stop (campaign organised by SARSAS)
- For male survivors of sexual abuse.
- 020 359 8389
- Support for perpetrators and abusers.
- 0845 122 8609
Support from the University and Bristol SU
University of Bristol Students’ Health Service
- 0117 330 2720
University of Bristol Student Counselling Service
- 0117 954 6655
Bristol SU Just Ask Advisory Service
- 0117 331 8634
University Security Services - available 24 hours a day
- 0117 928 7848 (enquiries)
- 0117 331 1223 (emergency)
- It is important to note that if you ring Security Services and give your name, they are bound by professional obligation to report anything that they believe is a crime to the Police.
We operate zero tolerance to sexual violence and harassment
The University of Bristol, the University of the West of England (UWE) and their students' unions signed a Zero Tolerance to Sexual Violence and Harassment Statement (PDF, 66kB) in April 2015.