Students run health promotion campaigns on campus

In March, final year Health and Social Care students held health promotion campaigns in key locations around NTU's City Site and Clifton Campus.

In March, final year Health and Social Care students held health promotion campaigns in key locations around NTU's City site and Clifton campus. The aim of these campaigns was to raise awareness about a variety of health-related issues amongst the student population.

The campaigns were the culmination of months of hard work and research into specific issues that affect young adults. They dealt with a range of topics including: safe sex; drug awareness; safety on a night out; cancer awareness; mental health and wellbeing; nutrition and health.

As part of their work, students were encouraged to engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders. These included a range of charitable organisations such as Nightline and Macmillan Cancer Support, as well as NTU's Student Support Services and the Global Lounge. The students also had the opportunity to put forward a business case to the Dean of the School of Social Sciences to try and win funding for their health promotion ventures.

Throughout the process the campaign groups had the opportunity to present their work to the rest of the cohort. This created a supportive arena where all students were able to give and receive feedback from their peers.

Although the formal health promotion campaigns took place over the course of a week, students were encouraged to consider the sustainability of their campaigns. Many of the groups created Facebook and Twitter pages so that they could continue their campaigns online. The posters created by the 'Say No to Molly' campaign group, which examined the issues surrounding the use of MDMA, will be used by Chill Out Sound Support in Nottingham – a charity which provides a free and confidential service for non-injecting drug users aged 18 and over.

Giving students the opportunity to use their academic knowledge and passion for their subject and enabling them to transform this into something tangible that has a real impact on the local community, was a central part of the health promotion campaigns. As Tim Harrison, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Social Work and Professional Practice explained: "The value of this module is that it integrates and embeds skills development, as well as knowledge development. The module is outward facing and feeds forward in terms of careers development."

The response from students who ran the campaigns demonstrated just how valuable the whole experience was. Jasmine, from the campaign group 'Feel 'U' Check' said: "Something that really sticks out for me is how an individual we talked to about potential signs and symptoms made an appointment with their doctor after speaking to us. It really made the campaign worthwhile seeing that people were taking on board what we were saying, didn't shy away from the topic and were willing to listen to what we had to say.

"Running the campaign enabled me to gain valuable practical skills and experience. Being involved with the whole process of planning and creating a campaign over a number of months enabled me to fully work as part of a team, to communicate and involve various stakeholders, to create resources and put theory into practice. Although it was a lot of hard work it was extremely fun and rewarding and something that really didn't feel like an assignment at all. I'm really proud of what we achieved and would happily do it all again."

Find out more information about our BA (Hons) Health and Social Care course.

Students run health promotion campaigns on campus

Published on 21 April 2015
  • Category: Press; School of Social Sciences

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418