Students from Trinity College have one of the highest rates of getting STI checks and lowest rates of not using contraception, according to the latest statistics from the National Student Survey, which also showed high rates of wishing to make a complaint

Students from Trinity College have one of the highest rates of getting STI checks and lowest rates of not using contraception, according to the latest statistics from the National Student Survey. However, the nationwide research of 4,583 students also found that there were a significant percentage of students in the university who said that they would complain about the standard of teaching in the university.

Sensible sexual behaviour

Of the 547 Trinity students who took part in the survey, which was conducted by Campus.ie, a considerable 28% of students said that they were not sexually active. Of those who do choose to be, one in five have had at least one STI test. Additionally, 98% of Trinity students say that they use contraception, with the most popular choices being condoms (46%), the contraceptive pill (26%) and the contraceptive implant. (2%)

Complaints about courses

Although 71% of students in the university cited that they considered the standard of teaching in the college to be “mostly good”, almost 60 per cent (59%) of students surveyed said that they had either made a formal or informal complaint about the standard of teaching, or would like to do so. Similarly, 45% of students have either dropped out or have considered dropping out.  

High levels of diversity

Trinity College was also found to be one of the best colleges for diversity, with 5% more students identifying as LGBT than the national average from the survey (11%).  The most common nationality was Irish (92%) but British (3%) and American (1%) also registered in the top three. Interestingly, the respondents showed a higher instance of female (59%) than male students (41%). About 1 per cent (0.7) identified as either non-binary or other.

Career confidence but a desire to travel

Almost 60 per cent (59%) of Trinity students stated they were “very confident”, “absolutely certain” or “quite certain” that they would get a job upon graduating from their current course. However, 29% say that they plan to emigrate, with 66% of those saying that they would for travel reasons, rather than the 16% who said they would because of a lack of available jobs.

Navigating College Green

Trinity students were found to be particularly environmentally friendly in their commute to college, with 34% choosing to either cycle or walk to the city centre university. A further 38% of Trinity students surveyed said that they spend €20 or less on public transport per week. Notably, 74% of Trinity students in the survey said that they do not drive.

Spirit drinkers and higher drug consumption levels

Although 10% of Trinity students do not drink, 7% measured above the weekly HSE maximum guidelines of 11 standard drinks for women, and 17 for men.  In terms of drink consumption, spirits registered as the most common drink (35%), followed by beer (22%). The percentage of people who have never consumed drugs was 6% lower than the national average identified in the survey (58%), with 27% saying that they have tried marijuana, and 11% saying that they have taken ecstasy.