LBU awarded Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark
25 April 2019
Leeds Beckett University has been awarded the Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark by charity Meningitis Now in recognition of its work to combat the disease by educating students and staff.
Meningitis Now’s Meningitis Awareness Recognition Mark (MARM) is the first scheme in the world to offer recognition that institutions have undertaken a range of activities to help protect students from the disease.
Jo Gibson, Associate Director of Student Services at Leeds Beckett University, said: “MARM gave us a focus for pulling together the wide range of activities we were already undertaking to support our applicants, students and staff in being aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis.
“Having a plan in place helps with communication and monitoring, and the support we have received for staff training and student awareness from the Meningitis Now ambassadors has been fantastic.”
“We created a cross-university working group to ensure that relevant teams were involved in discussions. This worked well for us as a large complex organisation, to ensure that where we did feel there were gaps, we could work together to address them.”
Leeds Beckett actions include:
- Information on meningitis and the MenACWY vaccine added to the student welcome site in the “before you get here” section
- Information on meningitis also being included in the “six must-do’s when you join University” in the Student Health Guide which every student receives on arrival
- Information about registering with GPs given to students in advance of their arrival
- Meningitis and vaccination messages being disseminated via social media and through internal publications
- Training for frontline staff – including accommodation teams, student services and Students Union - by Meningitis Now ambassadors
- Posters, leaflets and symptoms cards distributed to halls of residences and displayed across campuses in key locations
- Meningitis Now awareness stands
- Inclusion in the University’s Communicable Diseases protocol of a comprehensive guide to specific processes to follow in the event of a meningitis case or outbreak
- Encouragement to students to look out for each other – including learning the signs and symptoms of meningitis
Kelly Archer, Meningitis Now's MARM coordinator said: “We love working with Leeds Beckett, they are incredibly inspirational. I would urge other universities to take motivation from their creativity and look at all the many ways it is possible to help fight deadly meningitis on our campuses up and down the country”.
Find out more about meningitis, and how to prevent it, in our ‘Have you had your meningitis vaccine yet?’ web story.