So far 98 institutions have registered for MARM, and 38 of those have completed all requirements to receive their 'mark’. A further 57 have been invited to register for the initiative.
MARM was launched in July 2017 to encourage universities to become more proactive in fighting meningitis. To be awarded the mark, the institutions need to show they are raising awareness about the disease among staff and students, promoting vaccine uptake, and planning ahead should there be a case of meningitis on campus.
Recent stories, like that of two Bristol university students who contracted meningitis, show how effective these efforts can be. The university, which is MARM certified, worked closely with Public Health England (PHE) to identify close contacts of the two students and arrange antibiotics and vaccines for them to prevent further infection.
The university also helped PHE provide additional information to staff and students to remind them of the signs and symptoms of the disease.
Meningitis Now's MARM coordinator Kelly Archer said, “It’s brilliant news that so many universities are coming on board with our work to fight meningitis."
“While many of the institutions are already carrying out the initiatives we suggest, they still find it a useful checklist to make sure they have everything covered."
“But although we have had a great response to our scheme, we still have plenty of work to do. With students being one of the highest at-risk groups of contracting meningitis, our aim is to get every university signed up.”
Is your university meningitis aware?
Below is a list of universities that have been awarded the Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark. If you are a student or the parent of a student and your institution isn’t on the list why not let them know about MARM?
Bath Spa University
Brunel University, London
Cardiff Metropolitan University
City, University of London
Edinburgh Napier University
Nottingham Trent University
Oxford Brookes University
Royal Holloway, University of London
University College London - University of London
University of Bath
University of Bradford
University of Brighton
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge - Clare College
University of Cambridge - Pembroke College
University of Cambridge - Peterhouse College
University of Cambridge - Robinson College
University of Cambridge - Wolfson College
University of Central Lancashire
University of Chester
University of Chichester
University of Derby
University of Essex
University of Gloucestershire
University of Hull
University of Liverpool
University of St Andrews
University of Surrey, Guildford
University of Warwick
University of York
Wrexham Glyndŵr University
York St John University