World Antibiotic Awareness Week
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World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to highlight the issue of antibiotic resistance, one of the most significant current threats to global health. 

As part of WAAW, the University will be promoting messages from the UK government and Public Health England. The week seeks to gauge awareness levels in all sectors of the population using a short questionnaire and promotes the issue via a number of resources that can be found on the above links. 

A key aim is also to recruit ‘Antibiotic Guardians’ who pledge to help raise the profile of antibiotic resistance – you can sign up via 'Pledge now!' button above.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today.

Why it is relevant to you: Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy and animal health all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

What we want you to do: To slow resistance we need to cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics. We invite the public, students and educators, farmers, the veterinary and medical communities and professional organisations, to become 'Antibiotic Guardians'.

Call to action: Choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete.

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Today's events

Destroy deadly bacteria and keep humanity's precious antibiotics working for as long as you can in this free, fast-paced, and addictive action game.

The story of this casual, real-time puzzle game comes straight from today's headlines: The rise of superbugs, resistant bacteria which can't be killed by the drugs we rely on to fight infection.

"The new Superbugs game looks great - and as well as being fun, it will help you find out about the huge problem of drug-resistant bacteria - a threat to all our health." - Professor Alice Roberts

Find out more and play the game here

Games For Better

Games For Better was a 48 hour game jam that took place at the end of September to highlight the effectiveness of games in raising awareness and understanding about important issues. 

Game developers were challenged to build games that approached important, global issues, with the power and engagement that only games can provide. 

Organised by So Good Studios, an indie game development company based in Plymouth, this year's theme was 'Antibiotic Resistance'. 

Contact jack@sogoodstudios.com for further details. 



Science in the News Explained 2016

Dr Mat Upton discusses what action we can take to combat antibiotic resistance

Will you be an Antibiotic Guardian?

Discover more about antibiotic resistance in this video with Dr Chris van Tulleken, Infectious Diseases Doctor

View the video

Antibiotic Guardian

Antibiotic Guardian supports the UK Antimicrobial Resistance strategy, European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November) and World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Find out more on its website today!

“Antibiotic resistance threatens mankind with the prospect of a return to the pre-antibiotic era.” (House of Lords report 1998)

The issues of the unsustainable use of antibiotics has rumbled along in the background for many years with academic report after academic report highlighting that overuse and misuse is causing ‘super-bug’ bacteria to develop which is treatment resistant. 

Read Dr Victoria Hurth's blog on balancing the short and long term, international cooperation and intergenerational justice when it comes to sustainability and the use of antibiotics.


Peninsula Dental School is a key provider of dental education in the UK and its unique setting in primary care provides huge opportunities for engagement with general dental practitioners (GDPs) many of whom are involved in teaching and training of dental students. 

The school is committed to raising awareness regarding antibiotic resistance and ensuring that antibiotics are prescribed appropriately to patients attending the Dental Education Facilities across multiple sites across the South West. Many students and staff members have already become “Antibiotic Guardians”.

Read this blog by Professor Kamran Ali to see how general dental practitioners are minimising the unnecessary use of antibiotics in Dentistry.

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