Free period products at Aberystwyth University

The Red Box Project is a community-based charity, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to schools and colleges.

The Students’ Union also run a campaign, ‘Helo Periods’, whereby students can access free reusable period products and is inclusive of all genders. You can learn more here https://www.abersu.co.uk/changeaber/campaigns/heloperiods/

The Red Box Project and Aberystwyth University

The University first implemented the project in December 2019, and as far as we are aware, we were the first university in Wales to do so.    

The Red Box Project was founded in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to give young people in their local area access to menstrual products. After reading about ‘Period Poverty‘ in the news, they were angered at the idea that young people were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period.

They decided to take action and contacted several secondary schools in Portsmouth to ask if a constantly stocked box of menstrual products would be welcomed. The feedback from teachers was that the issue was real and the resource was needed.

Since then, the project has expanded and gained a nationwide status, operating across the whole of the UK with each project being run by passionate volunteers. 

A big thank you to the Facilities Team for making the project happen!

FAQs:

In which bathrooms will the Red Boxes be in?

 

Penglais Campus

 

 

Cledwyn Spur/Student Welcome Centre

Ground Floor

By old Post room

Cledwyn Spur/Student Welcome Centre

First Floor

 

Cledwyn Spur/Student Welcome Centre

Second Floor

 

Cledwyn Spur/Student Welcome Centre 

Third Floor

 

Hugh Owen

A Floor

A18

Hugh Owen

A Floor

A28

Hugh Owen

A Floor

A19

Hugh Owen

A Floor

A17

Hugh Owen

D Floor (lib)

DL29 Staff

Hugh Owen

D Floor (lib)

DL30 Staff

Hugh Owen

D Floor (lib)

 

Hugh Owen

E Floor (Lib)

 

Hugh Owen

F Floor (Lib)

 

Llandinam

B Floor

24hr toilets

IBERS building (Penglais)

Ground Floor

OO2

IBERS building (Penglais)

Ground Floor

OO3

IBERS building (Penglais)

Ground Floor

OO4

IBERS building (Penglais)

Ground Floor

O34

IBERS building (Penglais)

Ground Floor

O36

IBERS building (Penglais)

Ground Floor

O38

Physics

Ground Floor

 

PJM Lounge

 

 

Rosser Lounge

 

Hub

Fferm Penglais Hub

 

G Floor

Sports Centre

Ground Floor

Dry end

Sports Centre

Ground Floor

By climbing room

Sports Centre

Ground Floor

Wet end

Students' Union

Basement

 

Students' Union

First  Floor

 

Visualisation Centre

Basement

 

Visualisation Centre

Ground Floor

 

Visualisation Centre

First Floor

 

Gogerddan Campus

 

 

William Davies Laboratories

Ground Floor

 

William Davies Laboratories

First Floor

 

William Davies Laboratories

Second Floor

 

IBERS Building (Gogerddan)

First Floor

 

IBERS Building (Gogerddan)

Second Floor

 

Stapledon Building

Ground Floor

 

Stapledon Building

First Floor

 

Stapledon Building

Second Floor

 

Innovation and Enterprise Campus

First Floor

 

PT Thomas Building

Ground Floor

 

PT Thomas Building

First Floor

 

PT Thomas Building

Second Floor

 

In Town

 

 

School of Art

Ground Floor

Buarth Mawr

The Workstation

 

24-hour student study space, next door to the train station.

 

Why are there red boxes in all bathrooms and not just the female bathrooms?

The university believes that menstrual products should be available to anyone who requires them regardless of gender identity or financial means. 

A list of where the red boxes are located can be found above. 

Who will ensure that the red boxes are adequately replenished and that the additional disposal units are regularly emptied ?

The Red Boxes will be monitored by our Facilities Management team as a part of their normal shift. The disposal units are emptied monthly by one of our partner companies – Natural UK.

I have a comment and/or a question regarding the Red Box project, who can I contact?

Please contact Dylan Jones, Diversity and Inclusion Manager on dej20@aber.ac.uk.