Period Dignity pilot: survey results

Take a look at feedback from BCU's free period products scheme

Graphic of period products and three thumbs up

In line with Menstrual Hygiene Day, we’re sharing feedback received so far on the free pads and tampons available at BCU.

Where are the period products at BCU?

Currently, period products are available in select ground floor toilets. Look for the blood drop sticker on doors [pictured right]. Depending on feedback gathered, the scheme may be extended to other locations. 

Here’s some feedback from students and staff: 

“Nobody should be unable to come to uni because they are unable to source sanitary products” 

“I really appreciate the free pads being provided, the price of pad has increased so drastically and I’ve been finding it hard to afford so the fact that the product is being provided in uni is amazing” 

“This may be the reason that someone is able to attend campus. It not only helps those who may be struggling financially, but also reduces anxiety for anyone who may be caught out with period products.” 

“I'm perimenopausal so can get flash/unexpected periods. Knowing products are on campus is an enormous relief. It also gives me a sense of pride to work at a university that cares and recognises this need.” 

See the stats on our Instagram post @yourbcusu.

Thank you to everyone who has filled in the survey so far. Your feedback can help BCU Researchers continue this pilot. Students and staff are encouraged to fill in the survey, whether you’ve needed products or not.
Fill in the survey now!


Menstrual Hygiene Day

Sunday 28th of May 2023, is a global day of action which aims to make menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030.

Today, millions of women and girls* around the world are stigmatised, excluded and discriminated against simply because they menstruate.

*We recognise that not everyone who menstruates identifies as a woman and that not all women menstruate. Information from link below.

Part of breaking the taboo and stigma around menstruation is talking openly about it. We are aware it can be difficult for some people, but it is important to talk to a medical professional if your period or anything else related to your menstrual cycle doesn’t feel normal.

Learn about Menstrual Hygiene Day

Interested in learning more? Free books, podcast and TV shows...

BCU library have curated this collection about menstrual health and period dignity. There are a range of topics covered such as periods, menopause, Endometriosis & Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. You can browse eBooks, books, research papers podcasts, TV shows and more.

Have something you want to read or suggest to others? BCU Library wants to hear it. Your Choice @BCU Library is a great opportunity to suggest a book for the library to purchase.

See the Menstrual Health/Period Dignity rescources


Why are there free products?  

Research done by BCU researchers (listed below) highlighted the significant need for free period products at BCU. The Period Dignity Pilot has been introduced to ensure everyone who menstruates can still access university and have a dignified period. 

  • Gemma Williams, Research Fellow for the Centre for Social Care, Health & Related Research. Read Gemma’s blog post from last year's Menstrual Hygiene Day - Going with the flow: My period and me

  • Dr Annalise Weckesser, Reader for the Centre for Social Care, Health & Related Research 
  • Dr Angela Hewett, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology 

NHS period overview


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