LUU should lobby the University to provide free sanitary products across campus

Passed: November 2018 (20th)

What do you want/Why do you want it?

LUU has started providing free sanitary products in its toilets, and now we want the University to do the same! The University should install dispensers of free sanitary products in all toilets to allow our menstruating students freedom from the financial burdens and stresses which come with periods. Ideally the University will install one dispenser in all toilets across campus over the three years of this idea becoming Policy.

Expires: November 2021 (20th)

Submitted By: Matt Port

Officer: Welfare

Area of Work: University Services

Updates

October 2020: There is a pause on this currently as Covid regulations make it incredibly difficult to have products available in toilets etc.

June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

March 2020: Amy, Welfare Officer, got commitment from the University that they would start trialling free sanitary products (and contraception) in Halls of Residence.

January 2020: Amy, Welfare Officer, meeting with University Facilities later this month for an update on the trial and discussion of next steps. There has been an agreement to start trialling free sanitary products (and contraception) in halls as well.

October 2019: Amy, Welfare Officer, being updated by University on how the trials have gone.

May 2019: A trial in Engineering and Worsley has begun!

November 2018: Matt, Welfare Officer, took this to Student Forum at UEG, supported by this passing at Forum, and they're looking at the proposal. Matt has also been discussing it with sir Alan Langlands, the Vice Chancellor, and other senior University figures. Seemed like it was fairly positively received overall, the Uni seem on board with the idea morally/ethically but looking into sustainability/practicality of it.