Action on antibiotic drug resistance

In acknowledgment of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (12-18 November) and European Antibiotic Awareness Day, students from across all three University Faculties, led by the School of Health Sciences, delivered a fantastic week of events on the theme of ‘One student, one campus, one world’.

Encouraging every student to understand antibiotic drug resistance, why it’s killing tens of thousands around the world, and why everyone can help reduce its growth, remains the mission for this partnership along with Manchester Metropolitan University.

The week-long campaign included, lectures from international experts; a ‘bug’ club; a live skype session to judge childrens’ posters & ‘tippi-tap’ demonstrations in Nigeria; a plethora of stalls; quizzes and ‘bug bag’ competition.

Following last year’s successful evening Symposium, this year’s theme of ‘one world, and the environment’ provided opportunities for students, health professionals, a local 6th form college and our MAP students to challenge the invited Panel on this topic.

The meeting was supported by both Health Education England and Public Health England and chaired by Professor Kay Marshall. Over the course of the week the 38 student ambassadors got 572 staff, students and members of the general public to sign-up to the national Antibiotic Guardian campaign. Drs David Allison and Roger Harrison, joint-chairs of the flagship programme steering committee were overwhelmed with students’ commitment to help social responsibility teams across the whole University.

2018 will launch a wider programme, with a new student volunteering group, a hackathon, and live linkups with students in our international partner universities.

Antibiotic drug resistance needs to be everyones concern; on target to kill more than 10million people a year worldwide by 2050 making it the single biggest killer. Pledging to become an Antibiotic Guardian is an ongoing process and only takes only 30 seconds to complete at Antibiotic Guardian. Why wait, sign-up now and help save our remaining antibiotics!