Swansea University has retained its Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark for its ongoing commitment to raising awareness of the potentially deadly infection among students and staff.
This means the University can continue to display its recognition mark and certificate to show it is a Meningitis Aware University for the next two academic years.
Meningitis is the inflammation of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. While it is relatively rare, students – particularly first years – have an increased risk of meningococcal disease, which is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis.
Asad Rahman, Head of CampusLife at Swansea University said: “The Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark Award demonstrates Swansea University’s commitment to student and staff health and wellbeing.
“From our awareness-raising campaigns for new and returning students to the behind-the-scenes work that goes into supporting students in confirmed cases of meningitis, I extend my thanks to all staff and students who continue to hep share the message of the seriousness of meningitis in a university setting and the importance of getting vaccinated.”
The Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark (MARM) was introduced by charity Meningitis Now, to raise awareness of meningitis, promote vaccine uptake and help prepare for meningitis or meningococcal disease on campus.
Dr Tom Nutt, CEO of Meningitis Now, said: “We’re very happy to renew Swansea University’s Meningitis Awareness Recognition Award which demonstrates the fantastic work that our MARM accredited universities do in raising awareness amongst the second highest at-risk group, students.
“Hopefully the work that Swansea is doing will mean that students at the university are better protected against the dangers of meningitis as well as better able to know the signs and symptoms, and what to do if they suspect someone has the disease.
“Thank you Swansea – keep up the good work!”