Our Research
NUI Galway’s Active* Consent Programme’s resources and recommendations are supported by a rigorous Irish evidence base that we are constantly updating and expanding.  

Our research programme started in 2013 (formerly known as the Smart Consent workshop), and since then, we have worked with

  • 17000+ thousand students in our workshops

We carry out research to understand the needs of young people, as well as parents, schools, colleges, and sports organisations that support them. This gives us the best possible framework to find out how young people think and feel about sexual consent, and what key gaps exist in their knowledge of consent before designing our interventions.   

Everything we create (the Active* Consent workshops, The Kinds of Sex You Might Have in College, our eLearning module and our Staff learning module) is tested by our stakeholders, guaranteeing that our theory translates into effective practice.

We are dedicated to creating work that leads to greater knowledge and attitudinal change in perceptions of sexual consent, all with the aim of supporting young people to actively communicate about consent with their peers and within their own intimate relationships. 

Read our past research reports and articles below:‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌



Our research is supported by the Higher Education Authority and Lifes2Good foundation, NUI Galway & Rethink Ireland.