This is an important, positive step towards ending period poverty and protecting students’ dignity, avoiding anxiety, embarrassment and stigma. We will be making a range of products available to ensure that students have a choice about the products they want to use.
The Scottish Government has worked closely with partners including Universities Scotland, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), Colleges Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council to ensure the availability of products reflects the needs of users.
In a country as rich as Scotland, it’s unacceptable that anyone should struggle to buy basic sanitary products. I am proud that Scotland is taking this world-leading action to fight period poverty and I welcome the support of local authorities, colleges and universities in implementing this initiative.
Our £5.2 million investment will mean these essential products will be available to those who need them, in a sensitive and dignified way, which will make it easier for students to fully focus on their studies.
Aileen Campbell, Communities Secretary
Sanitary products will be available across the University campus from the start of the academic year on Monday 10 September.