NUI Galway Students’ Union has secured an agreement from the University to install gender neutral bathrooms in each building on campus. The bathrooms will be rolled out across the campus from September onwards to ensure that each main building has a bathroom that is all gender accessible.
NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to ensure a more inclusive campus for all students and staff. Gender neutral bathrooms create private, individual spaces that are open to all people. Traditional Female/male sex-segregated bathrooms are not accessible spaces that everyone can use and feel comfortable in. NUI Galway Students’ Union advocates for the rights of the diverse population of 17,500 students attending the University.
Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to have secured gender neutral bathrooms for the staff and students of NUI Galway. This is a big step on the road to a more inclusive and equal campus for all.”
NUI Galway Students’ Union has secured funding for an on campus Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic which will commence operation at the start of the new academic year. From September NUI Galway students will be able to get tested for STI’s for free at the clinic which will operate from the Student Health Unit.
Funding for the clinic was secured by the Students’ Union through the University’s Student Projects Fund. This means the 17,500 NUI Galway students will have easier access and shorter waiting times for STI tests.
The rates of STI’s in Ireland is still greatest among the under 25 age bracket. There are 25 different types of STI’s which include chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and pubic lice. Many people with STI’s do not display symptoms which is why it is so important to get tested regularly if you are sexually active. STI’s can have long term complications such as infertility and can be passed on even when you don’t display any symptoms.
NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to educate students about safe sex and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections through initiatives such as their SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) campaigns. The Students’ Union also distributes free condoms all year round.
Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to have secured funding for the STI Clinic on campus. We aim to encourage students to take a responsible attitude to sexual health and to be comfortable talking about it. It is vital that such issues are not viewed as embarrassing and that all sexually active students are able to get tested regularly.”