Your SU think that sanitary products are too bloody expensive. We don't think periods should impact on a student's ability to attend University and that's why we have committed providing free sanitary products for students who need them.
The SU launched the Free Periods campaign in 2016 and have been providing free, discreet packs of sanitary products to students ever since.
Mandi Purvis, President: Wellbeing 2018/19 says:
“We understand that students are under a lot of financial pressure while they are at University and we want to support them as much as we can while they are here. The costs of sanitary products can often be quite high and it’s an unavoidable expense.
We have seen in the press recently the impact that this can have on education, with young girls regularly missing school, college and University because they are unable to afford sanitary products. We think this is wrong and are pleased to that through our Free Periods campaign, we are able to support our members and offer free sanitary products to those who need them.No woman should ever have to miss out on her education due to something that is completely out of her control.”
The Students’ Union works closely with students to support their wellbeing during their time at University. Any student wanting to claim the free sanitary products should call into the Students’ Union on the ground floor of Edinburgh Building on the University’s City Campus or the Students’ Union at St Peter’s Campus.
“I hope that this will help lots of students at Sunderland. We know that many of our students are on low incomes or providing for their own families and hope this will help ensure that they are able to participate fully in University life without the added concern of paying for sanitary products.”