• Date: Monday 28 November 2016 – Friday 2 December 2016
  • Location: Park Campus, The University of Northampton
  • Cost: Free


The first ‘I Heart Consent Week’ was run last academic year in conjunction with the Students’ Union and the University and Colleges Union. This was a successful week where issues around healthy relationships, consent and sexual harassment were discussed and debated. This year we wanted to expand the event and we are very lucky that Northampton Rape Crisis and Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council are supporting the event. The issues around healthy relationships, harassment and consent are hugely important, particularly as there has been a lot of research to suggest that these issues affect staff and students alike. There have been a number of newspaper reports recently detailing concerns about the ‘lad’ culture on campuses as well as the experience of staff and students experiencing sexual harassment. Consent is often not really understood and people often do not know what support services are available. It is therefore vitally important that we get the message across so that staff and students feel safe and know what to do and how to report sexual assault and harassment in a supportive and confidential environment.

Please see timetable below for events taking place throughout the week. All events are free but please register your attendance via the links for each event.

Monday 28 November

Time Event Location
11:00 Welcome from Dawn Thomas, CEO Northampton Rape Crisis GLT (Grendon Lecture Theatre 1, Park)
11:15 Victoria Boulton “Power and Control” Book here GLT (Grendon Lecture Theatre 1, Park)
13:00-14:00 Paula Bowles and Manos Daskalou “Discussing Consent: bringing challenging ideas in the classroom” Book here N3 (Naseby, Room 3)

Tuesday 29 November

Time Event Location
11:00-12:00 Louise King “Emotional and Psychological Effects when Consent isn’t Considered” Book here C119 (Cottesbrook, Room 119)
13:00-14:00 Sophie Lomas “Consent and the Law” Book here HLT1 (Holdenby Lecture Theatre 1, Park)

Wednesday 30 November 

Time Event Location
13:00-14:00 Student Law Society Event “Consent from a Student Perspective – A Discussion” Book here F43 (Fawsley 43, Park)

Thursday 1 December 

Time Event Location
11:00-12:00 Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council, “Defining misogyny as a hate crime” Book here N24 (Naseby 24)
13:00-14:00 Matthew Toreson, FAN Northampton “Consent and the LGBT community” Book here B18 (Brampton 18, Park)

Friday 2 December 

Time Event Location
13:00-14:00 Student Poster Competition The Hub, Cottesbrooke

Information Stands:

Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council, FAN Northampton, & Northamptonshire Rape Crisis

The Hub, Cottesbrooke

Northamptonshire Rape Crisis will be running confidential drop-in sessions in the Moot Room in the Naseby Building, Park Campus from 2 – 3pm every day during this week.rape-crisis

Many thanks to the above individuals and organisations for supporting and sponsoring this week of events.  Thank you also to the University of Northampton and to the University and College Union for supporting this week!