The NUS child-free to child-friendly campaign was launched on Thursday 28 March at the Championing Mature Students conference at Staffordshire University.
The aim of the campaign is to support students' unions in running effective campaigns for students with dependants by getting them signed up to the "ten steps" which work towards a child-friendly campus. Unions that make progress on some or all of the ten steps will receive accreditation from NUS.
The campaign is also important for supporting students' unions in their struggles against discriminatory "no child on campus" policies at some institutions. With support from NUS, two unions have already managed to overturn such policies at their institution. We hope that the campaign will lead to the removal of all "no child" policies.
Delegates at last week's conference gave very positive feedback about the campaign launch, with many of the represented unions making pledges to sign up to the campaign's accreditation scheme.
The campaign was launched with the publication of four "child-fiendly case studies", sharing the good practice of four different students' unions, each with a unique approach to supporting their students with dependants on campus.
You can download the four case studies using the links below:
Leeds University Union
Students' Union Royal Holloway
University of Portsmouth Students' Union
University of Sussex Students' Union
The scheme is open both Further and Higher Educaton. If your union wishes to join in the scheme, or you require more information, contact Adam Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can download the "10 steps" campaign poster here.