Let's be Clear on Consent

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The University of Nottingham is working with the Students' Union to raise awareness about sexual consent amongst our students and staff.

 Let’s be Clear on Consent is a University initiative that aims to provide students with information about sexual consent as well as tackle the myths and misunderstandings about sexual consent, rape and sexual abuse.

Below, you can find help and support, including where to go if you have experienced sexual assault or rape.


Sexual Consent Awareness Week, Monday 25 October - Friday 29 October 2021

Monday 25 October marks the beginning of sexual consent awareness week, a week of information aiming to raise awareness of the importance of consent and challenging myths around rape and sexual violence.

  • We are launching our ‘Let's be clear on consent’ module to help inform all members of our community about sexual consent.

The course content involves discussions of sexual violence, which might be difficult for some people. If this issue causes personal upset, please feel free to opt out.

You can access the course here  (best viewed on full screen, tablet or laptop)

  • An additional aim of the week this year is to promote the university’s new reporting platform Report & Support. Report & Support is a tool for students, staff and those within our community to report incidents they have experienced or something they have witnessed as well as access information on support services and campaigns.

 Look out for our sexual consent awareness week information stalls/stands

  • Sexual Consent Awareness week stall, Maths Building, UP East.
  • Monday 25th October, 11am-3pm, QMC Student Service Centre.
  • Monday 25th October, 9am-4pm, stand in the foyer, Exchange Building, Jubilee Campus.
  • Tuesday 26th George Green library from 9am-5pm.   
  • Tuesday 25th Portland Building, B floor from 12-2pm.
  • Every day from 26th October, Outside the Student Service Centre, Portland Building.
  • Throughout the week there will be a stand in the Barn Concourse at Sutton Bonington.

Consent Coalition

Nottingham City Council alongside the University of Nottingham and other organisations, is part of the Consent Coalition, a group working together to:

  •  Raise awareness of the importance of consent
  • Challenge myths about rape and sexual violence
  • Encourage survivors to access support and/or report any sexual violence

As part of this, the coalition are conducting research into people's understanding of sexual consent and have developed this survey around sexual violence and consent. Please follow this link to complete the survey.


If you have been subject to - or have witnessed sexual violence or abuse, please consider letting us know via Report + Support

Report + Support allows you to report an incident or incidents anonymously. Alternatively you can request to speak to an advisor. Speaking to an advisor does not necessarily mean that you are making a formal report to the university - it enables you to access advice and support for yourself or someone else. You will be signposted to information on internal and external support, policies, guidance and campaigns. You may then decide that you want to progress with a formal report, and we will support you in this.

The University has a dedicated team of qualified Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLO’s)  to support students who have experienced sexual harassment and or violence either recently or in the past. Click the link above for more information


Support at the University

University of Nottingham Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO) serviceThe university has a dedicated team of qualified sexual violence liaison officers (SVLO’s)  to support students who have experienced sexual harassment and or violence either recently or in the past.

Student Welfare Services: Please speak to someone at the University so they can support you. You may initially want to speak to a staff member you know for guidance, but if you are still unsure about who to contact and you wish to speak to a member of the welfare team for advice, email  consent@nottingham.ac.uk, and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note this email address is not a helpline and if you need to speak to someone urgently, contact the Police, Topaz or the University Security Team.

Campus Security
Campus security aim to ensure the University of Nottingham is a safe and secure place for students, staff and visitors. They can assist with crime prevention, reporting and investigation.                                  
t: 0115 951 3013 for Security Control Room
t: 0115 951 8888 for Emergencies 

University Counselling Service 
Offer free confidential support to students and staff.
t: 0115 951 3695                      

University Off Campus Affairs Team
Offering support and advice to students living off campus.                             
t: 0115 951 4649/0115 748 4517

Chaplaincy and Faith Support 
Chaplains support students and staff of any faith or none. A quiet word in a confidential space can be arranged at short notice.                  
t: 0115 951 3931

Have your studies been affected by illness or unexpected events?  Then you may be entitled to a claim for extenuating circumstances.

Extenuating Circumstances procedure is intended to support you if you experience exceptional, unforeseeable, short-term circumstances which affect your ability to study or take assessments. 

Please see this advice, and talk with your tutor or  Support and Wellbeing Officer should you need further help.

Students' Union Services

Students' Union Advice
Provides impartial advice and information to students.
t: 0115 846 8730 

Nightline is a listening service run by students for students.
t: 0115 951 4980

Specialist Services

There are specialist services that can help. Sometimes you may just want to talk to someone first.

We advise that you download the 'Let's be Clear on Consent' booklet for full details of all services.

The Topaz Centre
(Sexual Assault Referral Centre)
Offers free support and practical help to anyone over 18 who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.

Topaz provides a crisis response and supports clients to access medical care and provides a secure and safe location to gather forensic evidence.

This service is available without police involvement for those over the age of 18. You don't have to report the assault to the police if you don't want to.

t: 0800 085 9993 to make an appointment
e: notts.sarc@nhs.net (secure email)

Notts SVS Service Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)
Have you experienced sexual violence recently or in the past?Notts SVS Service Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)can assist you in understanding your rights and the services you can access.

ISVAs offer support during this difficult time, accepting and understanding how you may be feeling. They provide practical and emotional support as well as support in the Criminal Justice System.

Here is a short video about the Notts SVS ServiceFor more information about Notts SVS Service and the support they provide. please go to:                            t:0115 941 0440                                      w:nottssvss.org.uk/how-we-can-help/

 Asa hub as part of the NSVS Services                       The Asa hub has been designed collaboratively by survivors and commissioners to help ensure long-term recovery following sexual violence. The funding means that they can provide more support options including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and a drop in service as well as helpline and counselling services.  Their opening hours have also been extended to now include daytime, early evenings and weekends. Support is available to all survivors aged 18 and above.

Information about the new hub and what it offers can be found here: https://nottssvss.org.uk/asa-about/

Nottinghamshire Police
In an emergency call 999 immediately. In any other situation call the non-emergency number, 101.

A police officer specially trained to help with sexual offences will accompany you to the Topaz Centre (Nottinghamshire’s sexual assault referral centre). You can ask the University Security Team to contact the police on your behalf.

Information on how to report sexual assault or sexual abuse https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/rape

If you are at immediate risk and on campus, you should ring Security immediately t: 0115 951 8888.

Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services
Offers support to anyone aged 13 and over, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, recently or in the past.
t: 0115 941 0440

East Midlands Children and Young People's Sexual Assault Service
Children and young people aged 17 and under
t: 0800 183 0023

Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors (ISAS)
Helpline and counselling to male and female survivors of rape and childhood abuse.
t: 0115 824 0314

Women’s Aid
Offers language line/type talk and text phone service for women who have experienced domestic abuse.
t:0808 2000 247ndash; helpline, 24-hour Freephone
e: helpline@womensaid.org.uk

Revenge Porn Helpline
The UK’s only service dedicated to supporting all adults who have been victims of intimate image abuse. They provide free, non-judgemental and confidential advice and support via email and phone
t: 0345 6000 459
e: help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk

Imara                                                                          Imara is an independent specialist service that supports children, young people and their family following disclosure or discovery of child sexual abuse.                  


Your GP
The University of Nottingham Health Service (registered patients only).
t: 0115 846 8888


University Sexual Misconduct Policy

This policy outlines how the University will identify and respond to allegations of incidents of sexual misconduct between student members of the University community. Download the policy here.

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