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Welcome, and thank you for being here.
We’re launching Consent Matters at Goldsmiths because we want to raise awareness in our community about the importance of consent, communication skills & relationships, and looking out for others.
We also know that engaging in conversations about consent can be particularly challenging for those who have experienced sexual violence.
This page is for you.
Here, you’ll find more detailed information on the Consent Matters course platform and content so you know what to expect.
If you’re not in a place to engage with the course in a healthy way right now, that’s OK—scroll to the bottom of the page to explore your options.
You can see a list of support services at Goldsmiths and beyond here.
The Consent Matters Platform
Consent Matters is an online course and takes about an hour to complete in total. It’s self-led, which means you can take it in your own time and at your own pace. You can start and stop at any point, and resume where you left off.
The Consent Matters Course Content
Consent Matters is made up of three modules (The Consent Conversation, Communication Skills & Relationships, and Looking Out For Others). It covers some sensitive topics and discusses them explicitly. The course does not include explicit graphics or images, but it does include hypothetical scenarios exploring what consent and lack of consent can look like. Throughout the course, there are support pods on screen that offer links to support and advice. And at the end of each module, there’s a support screen with further resources.
Here’s a brief description of each module:
Module 1 - The Consent Conversation
This module begins by thinking about consent more broadly and unrelated to sex, with a few everyday examples. It links to some online resources you can choose whether or not to check out that contextualise the consent conversation: like the tea and the bike videos, an article about the #MeToo movement, some (gender binary) prevalence statistics, and explanations of the law around consent. It mentions some problematic misconceptions about consent but then debunks them clearly. The practice scenario is of a night out involving alcohol. You’ll be asked questions that impact the story, but the outcome is always positive.
Module 2 - Communication Skills & Relationships
This module has a drag and drop exercise where you reflect on how comfortable you are communicating with a sexual or romantic partner. It also lists examples of some verbal and physical cues that mean you should stop, pause, or go during sex, as well as signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships. The practice scenario is of conversations about sex, some where consent is present and others where it isn’t present.
Module 3 - Looking Out For Others
This module explores a range of different scenarios that we might witness and where we could choose to stand up for others. The examples are wide-ranging but include slut-shaming, homophobia, catcalling, islamophobia, ableism, and transphobia. We revisit the night out practice scenario from Module 1, this time looking at the role bystanders play in keeping others safe.
Explore Your Options
We’re rolling out Consent Matters as essential training for all Goldsmiths students. But if you’re not in a place to engage with the course in a healthy way right now, that’s OK. With survivors in mind, we’ve created a trauma-informed opt-out option for this very reason.
We’re still setting up the form (it needs to go through data protection protocols), so check back here in a week or so for the link. Once the form is live, you’ll be able to submit your name and Goldsmiths email and we’ll action your exemption request, no questions asked.
You only need to opt-out via the form if you started at Goldsmiths this academic year or if you're a continuing Goldsmiths student who’s already registered your account. If you’re a continuing student and you haven’t registered your account yet, you don’t need to do anything to opt-out. As long as you don’t register, we won’t have any record of you on the Consent Matters system.
In the next few weeks, lecturers or personal tutors might ask whether you’ve completed Consent Matters as a way of reminding you to take the course. They don’t have access to any data on who has or hasn’t completed the Consent Matters or who’s opted out, so it’s up to you how you respond. If you’re comfortable, you can tell them you’ve opted out. If you’re not, you have our full permission to lie and say you’ve completed the course!
If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, email Lou (she/they) at firstname.lastname@example.org.