Got Consent is a student-led initiative aiming to raise awareness of sexual misconduct, educate students in bystander intervention and support survivors. It is part of StAnd Together, an initiative connected to both the Students’ Association and the University’s Student Services that focuses on student wellbeing and mutual support. Got Consent leads conversations with fellow students through training workshops, informational resources, and educational events.
Consent is freely given, reversible, informed, enthusiastic, and specific (FRIES).
If you are at all confused about affirmative consent and how to make sure you have it at all times, stop and educate yourself—you can use these resources to better your understanding,sign up to attend one of our training workshops or give us a message.
GotConsent run workshops relating to how bystander intervention can help others in various contexts relating to consent and harassment. In 2021, Student Council members of the Students’ Association voted for GotConsent Leadership Workshops to become mandatory for Union and Athletic Union affiliation.
This workshop describes how leaders have a duty of care for their members, meaning it is their responsibility to create and uphold an open and healthy environment. This includes not forcing people to do things they do not want to do (i.e. drinking alcohol), have resources available to people should they need specific forms of support and making it clear there is a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment and violence.Our workshops are discussion-based and include tips on safely intervening if you see a situation that could turn into sexual assault.
If you are a group, society, or club interested in having a Got Consent workshop please feel free to email us: [email protected].
We are prepared to run both in-person and online workshops, so all students are able to attend.
We have also developed several new discussion-based workshops that individuals or groups can sign up to that focus on more specific topics, such as domestic violence; healthy relationships; consent online, toxic masculinity; and intersections of race, sexuality and disability when it comes to sexual assault and harassment. Keep an eye out on our social media pages to hear about any new workshops we hope to launch this coming semester.
GotConsent is part of Fife Council’s Violence Against Women Partnership (VAWP). This involves various representatives from Fife Council, NHS, Police Scotland and other community organisations, with an aim to continue the message of the Equally Safe group and provide county-wide resources and awareness.
As part of the VAWP, we ran an exhibition in March 2022 called “What Were You Wearing?”, which displayed the types of clothing that were worn by survivors at the time of their assault, alongside their testimonies. As part of the exhibition, we gave two workshops to senior pupils from local secondary school, Madras College. This is a partnership we hope to continue as the exhibition continues to travel around Fife in the years to come.
The ‘What Were You Wearing?’ exhibition was also featured on Tay FM radio and STV News.
We are very proud to have successfully made a consent module a mandatory step of online student matriculation from 2020. Members of our committee continue to work alongside the University in annual reviews and updates to the module.
We run a variety of events throughout the year: discussion events with external or internal speakers; film screenings; coffee mornings; open workshops; Sexual Assault Awareness Month events; Reclaim the Night events; and more.
We have weekly meetings that are open to all. Come along and learn what we are up to! At the start of the semester we will publish the link to join the Microsoft Teams meeting on our Facebook page.
We recruit new volunteers at the start of every semester, so look out for our next recruitment cycle if you’re interested in applying. Being a volunteer is an amazing way to learn more about sexual and gender-based violence, to improve discussion and leadership skills, and to help make St Andrews a safer place by educating your peers.
Volunteers are given extensive training on the content of our workshops as well as how to run and guide workshop discussions. You will also always be paired with a more experienced facilitator for your first few sessions, until you feel comfortable.