Students are the second highest ‘at-risk’ group for contracting meningitis as they are more likely to carry the bacteria which causes the disease, in the back of their throats. However, our research has found that half of students cannot name a single symptom of meningitis.
Our student awareness campaign aims to change this by pairing companies with local universities. Through our ‘adopt a campus’ scheme, companies will encourage universities to become meningitis aware, and organise events to raise the profile of the disease in this age group.
Activities that companies have previously taken part in include; holding information stands at Fresher’s or health fairs, running a competition such as a meningitis symptoms quiz with prizes, and volunteering to be on campus during Meningitis Now’s Student Awareness Week (23 – 29 October), to distribute signs and symptoms cards.
Harry Gardner, Corporate Account Executive for Meningitis Now said: “Adopting a campus is a great way for companies to get involved in their local communities, and help to protect students from a devastating disease.”
"Supporting Meningitis Now with this campaign really will make a difference - If your company can spare some volunteer hours, please get in touch.”
We currently have six companies who have committed to adopting a campus, or are currently exploring opportunities:
Leigh Day is a specialist law firm who act exclusively for claimants who've been injured or treated unlawfully by others, and have adopted Manchester Uni. They are currently also looking into opportunities with London based universities.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is a specialist law firm, in Birmingham, with a clear purpose – to improve lives, communities and society, and are exploring working with Birmingham University.
Knights 1759, is a UK professional services business, supporting businesses and individuals seeking quality advice and support. They are currently looking at opportunities to work with Oxford University.
Enable Law is one of the UK's top 100 law firms, and are hoping to work with Exeter Uni.
Boyes Turner are one of the UK’s most successful regional law firms, and represent numerous multinational companies as well as businesses in the UK. They will be running a social media campaign to help raise awareness of meningitis.
Irwin Mitchell is the 20th largest law firm in the UK and amongst the top 50 in Europe, operating out of 10 offices across the UK. Their Bristol office is exploring working with Bristol Uni, whilst their other offices are looking at options close to their individual locations.
Rebecca Brown, Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell said: “We really enjoyed supporting the student awareness campaign. We attended the Solent Fresher's Fair and had the opportunity to speak to numerous students about the importance of the meningitis vaccination."
"It was surprising the amount of students that were not aware of the vaccine or the need for them to be vaccinated. It highlighted that there is a very real need to raise awareness amongst students and we were glad that we could be part of this important effort.”
We are still looking for more companies to get involved and build lasting relationships with their chosen university, to spread our messages and keep students safe.
For more details on how to adopt a campus or to receive information and materials, get in touch with Harry Gardner, Corporate Account Executive for Meningitis Now: HarryG@meningitisnow.org or call 01453 769079.