We did it!
We are thrilled to announce that NUSU has convinced Newcastle University to become the first university in England to provide free sanitary items on campus.
The Scottish, Welsh, English Governments and the NHS have all introduced, or pledged to introduce, free provision of these items. We strongly believed that Newcastle University should be at the forefront of bringing this idea to Universities in England, and the students on this campus. After all, they’re not a luxury, they’re a necessity.
We have provided emergency packs in the SU for a few years, but now the University will provide items across campus, for everyone who needs them. Our proposal was for 8 dispensing machines in locations across campus, including the two main libraries, the Sports Centre and here at NUSU, and the aim is to provide a variety of sanitary items. There will be more details to come.
I was voted into being President by students on this promise, our student council voted unanimously for the University to introduce this scheme, and there has been amazing work undertaken by individuals and societies to raise the profile of this cause.
Thank you to everyone who voted, everyone who filled out surveys, raised awareness through society activity or even just spread the word on social media, we’ve done it!
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Let’s end the stigma around periods, period!