Meningitis Awareness Week; What You Need to Know.


UWS and our school  are supporting Meningitis Awareness Week 2016 and we are urging all staff and students to make themselves aware of the symptoms of this serious illness.The Awareness Week, which is co-ordinated by the Meningitis Research Foundation, runs from 19 to 25 September 2016.
It’s vital to know the symptoms of this condition because there aren’t vaccines for all types of meningitis and septicaemia. Early recognition and treatment leads to the best possible outcome and by knowing the symptoms, you could help save lives and stop serious disabilities.

This illness can strike at any time and the devastating effects of meningitis hit the University community recently, with the death of third year Forensic Science student Jennifer Gray on 18 April after contracting bacterial meningitis. For more information about this click Jennifer’s Story

Meningitis is most commonly found in children and young people. As the incidence of meningococcal W (Men W) disease is increasing in Scotland and across the rest of the UK, the University’s Health & Safety Services is working closely with our public health colleagues at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to keep students informed.

Students who are under 25, attending university for the first time and have not already received a dose of Men ACWY Vaccine since August 2015 from their GP or at school, are encouraged to attend a vaccination session at Paisley Campus.

The vaccination session, which is being conducted by NHS staff, is taking place on Thursday 22 September 2016, from 9.30am to 4.00pm in P Block (Room P116). Vaccination sessions are currently being arranged for the University’s other campuses and information will be provided in due course.  If you have any questions regarding the vaccination session next week or future sessions please email

For detail of Meningitis Awareness Week 2016 visit