Almost half of Edi students believe in compulsory consent classes

The Tab held a survey and asked university students across the county


The Tab held a survey and asked university students across the county “whether sexual consent classes should be compulsory?”

In Edinburgh, 48 per cent of responses said ‘yes consent classes should be compulsory’. 45 per cent said that they would be ‘patronising’ and 11 per cent had already attended a class but 2 per cent had walked out.

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This is a much lower figure then that seen at other universities such as Oxford where 70 per cent of students who responded to the survey believed that consent classes should be compulsory.

Edinburgh had 1770 respondents to the survey, comparatively high to other universities such as Aberystwyth which had only 325 respondents.

The introduction of consent classes at universities is a very topical issue in the media with there being many strong opinions on both sides of the argument. At current, there are no consent classes on offer at Edinburgh University but the Student Union has said it is initiating a campaign to battle sexual harassment.