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Consent Education Beyond All the Binaries SSS12

  • School: School of Social Sciences
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: SSS12

Sexualities Education can range from RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) to a more specific Consent Education, but always needs to embed a bold, up-to-date equalities component, both in its own framing and its explicit content (Alldred & David 2007). Several of the binaries relevant here have been questioned in recent research: Jones & Hillier (2012) and Formby & Donovan (2020) show appropriate RSE for LGBT+ people is not a different curriculum, simply a comprehensive one;  Jones (2019) explores its fit for intersex and trans youth; and Whittington (2019; 2020, see also Brady et al 2018) has queried the ‘do consent/don’t consent’ binary and explored with young people ‘the grey areas in between’. This study has the potential to think across these, and to further develop an intersectional framework to fully acknowledge the racialised and faith-based differences among young people in particular.

There is a unique opportunity to evaluate an ongoing Consent Educational intervention with UG students and to develop a strong intersectional feminist framework for evaluating educational interventions in this area. This study combines high aspirations for education with high standards in research methodology and therefore asks ideally for i) the ability to design educational tools, and ii) to develop evaluation technologies for educational tools. The interdisciplinary supervisory team will encourage finding theoretical and educational tools across Education, Sociology, Social Work and Youth Work.

School strategic research priority

This project aligns with the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families.

Entry qualifications

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How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

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