RegioRad

stuvus has brought some RegioRadStuttgart stations to campus, supporting bicycle mobility and making your everyday life easier! The opening of the first RegioRad stations took place on 02.09.2020.

What is RegioRadStuttgart?

RegioRadStuttgart rents out bicycles, pedelecs and cargo bikes in the Stuttgart region. By registering to RegioRadStuttgart, Deutsche Bahn also allows you to rent bicycles throughout Germany via the Call a Bike service. More good reasons are summarized here (unfortunately only in German).

How can I ride it (almost) for free?

With polygoCard, the first 30 minutes of each ride are free and for pedelecs the first 15 minutes.

  1. If you already have a polygoCard, you can register for RegioRad for three euros per year (including 3 euros of credit for the first year).
  2. If you don't have a polygoCard yet, you can order one for free without a VVS subscription/VVS ticket.

For journeys longer than half an hour and for other ticket options, you can find the prices here.

Where can I find the bikes?

There are several stations both at the campus in Vaihingen and in the city center. You can find the exact locations and the number of available bikes on the RegioRad website or in the app (Android / iOS).

Overview of the stations at the Vaihingen campus
The stuvus "communal wheel" (press release, German only)

How do I rent a bike?

The easiest way is via the app RegioRadStuttgart, because then you don't have to take the polygoCard with you. After registering with RegioRad, you can select an available bike in the app, tap on its display (or instead of renting it via the app, now hold the polygoCard to it), press the red lock button on the lock and pull out the station latch - have a good ride!

How much and why does stuvus pay for the RegioRad stations?

We, as your student representation, decided in the summer semester of 2019 to bring RegioRad stations to the Vaihingen campus and closer to the Stadtmitte campus. The decision for this was made unanimously by the student parliament on 19.07.2019. With the rental bikes, the sometimes long distances on campus can be covered more quickly. The bikes can also be used to get to or away from campus - for example, to Vaihingen or down to the Stuttgart city.

According to the contract with Deutsche Bahn Connect GmbH, the costs for the bike rental stations can be up to 23,000 € gross per year and will be covered by your student fees.

The concrete costs for stuvus so far are significantly lower, since not all originally planned stations have been built yet and we have received more subsidies. The extension of the contract will be decided in the student parliament at the beginning of the winter semester 2021/22.

Free menstrual products at the University of Stuttgart

What is it about?

Menstruation is an issue that affects about half of the population worldwide. At the University of Stuttgart, it affects an estimated 35% of all students. For these students, the use of hygiene products during menstruation is as ubiquitous as the use of toilet paper or soaps and, currently, disinfectants. Nevertheless, menstruating persons have to take care of the supply of these products themselves.

Not all students can afford these products. It is estimated that 7% of menstruating students in Germany suffer from period poverty[1]. This can often lead to illness in the long term, which in turn leads to absences from classes. Another problem that menstruating students suffer from is that menstruation often starts unexpectedly. If this is the case and one does not have sanitary products available at that time, one often has to return home and thus misses out on important teaching and opportunities to participate in education.


[1] As there is no data of period poverty in Germany, for this estimate the proportion of people affected in the UK (10% of menstruating [source]) was calculated with the ratio of women living in poverty between Germany (16% in 2018 [source]) and the UK (24.3% in 2018 [source]).

Our idea

Our idea is to provide menstrual products free of cost to affected students. For this purpose, the most common hygiene products in Germany: tampons and pads, are offered in suitable containers in all toilets at the University of Stuttgart. These are replenished by the respective cleaning staff. In order to make the storage on site more attractive, these are to be placed in storage containers for the long term, which can be mounted on the toilets next to the washbasins. Disposal facilities are already available in the toilets for female students, and in the toilets for male students, the general wastepaper baskets can initially also be used for disposal.

The pilot phase

In an initial pilot phase, free menstrual products (2536 tampons & 2538 pads) will be offered in the larger toilets on both the Vaihingen and Stadtmitte campuses for approximately two months from 01.11. to 31.12. We are currently stocking the toilets in order to assess the effort involved in stocking the toilets and the level of consumption. As a transitional measure in this test phase, the menstrual products are initially laid out in simple cartons. This simplifies the implementation of the pilot phase. Currently, stuvus is financing the pilot phase.

Do you have feedback on our test phase?

Then feel free to leave it in our survey.

Toilets where you can find the products:

  • Campus Stadtmitte:
    • K1
    • K2 (lower lobby) (also on the men's toilet)
    • M17.02
    • Hörsaalprovisorium
    • Mensa Stadtmitte
  • Campus Vaihingen
    • V9 (lobby)
    • V38
    • V47 (lower lobby)
    • V53 (Audimax) (also on the men's toilet)
    • V57 (below the lecture halls)
    • Keltenschanze
    • Mensa Vaihingen

Outlook

After a successful pilot phase, we would like to extend the project to all toilets. The boxes will then be replaced by more permanent installations, such as the Period.Box of the University of Freiburg. These are easy to fill and still provide safe and professional storage.

Contact

This project was initiated by the Department for Equality, Diversity and Social Affairs.

You are also welcome to send us an email: menstruationsprodukte@stuvus.uni-stuttgart.de

Our sponsors and supporters

The pilot phase is initially funded by stuvus. However, we have also received donations from the following people:

  • S. Wach
  • Roommate of S.Wach
  • Member of the European Parliament XY

Are you interested in more information about this topic?

Then you can find more projects here:

Basically, there are currently efforts to implement free hygiene products at various universities throughout Germany. This open letter was also written in this context.

Printing

At the end of 2020, we took over the Kopier[lädle] on the Vaihingen campus under the cafeteria.

Since mid-April 2021, the same services as before will be available here by students of the University of Stuttgart for students of the University of Stuttgart at lower prices: Printing, plotting, scanning, binding, punching, stapling...

Do you need scripts, your thesis printed out or other things for your everyday study? Then take a look at the webpage of the Kopier[lädle]!

stuvus-box

What is it about?

Do you have suggestions, problems, worries or ideas that you've always wanted to share with your student council (stuvus), but didn't know how?

Then use the new stuvus box! You can either drop us a note in the letterboxes at Nili (Pfaffenwaldring 57) and University Library in the city centre (Holzgartenstraße 16), or (as you learned from Corona) contact us via a contact form on the website or by sending us a letter.

We want to know what's on your mind (e.g. when you think a professor is completely out of line), what you're excited about or what really pisses you off at the university. This is the only way we at stuvus can take your concerns into account and implement new ideas.

Your message should remain as anonymous as possible and we will only pass on information if it is relevant to your concerns. Information on the concept and data protection can also be found on the website.

We look forward to your message!

Your stuvus

You can find all the details about the "stuvus box" in our concept here:

Concept stuvus Box

Contact options

You are welcome to post your letter at one of our stuvus boxes which can be found at the following locations on campus:

Campus Stadtmitte: In the entrance of the library in the Stadtmitte (Holzgartenstraße 16).
Campus Vaihingen: At the light blue hippo (Pfaffenwaldring 57)

Of course you can also write us a letter. Just address it to:

stuvus - Post-it box

Pfaffenwaldring 5C

70569 Stuttgart

To contact us anonymously via e-mail, just write an e-mail to: stuvus-box@stuvus.uni-stuttgart.de

You are also welcome to contact us digitally via the contact form:

    Data protection and anonymity

    This is an anonymous contact. You do not have to give any personal data, unless you feel it is necessary to explain your concern. Please describe your problem in as much detail as possible, as anonymity prevents queries. In this way, we do not store any personal data. However, we will store your message for processing and pass it on internally to the relevant departments. We also collect an anonymous overview of all complaints, which is deleted every 2 years. The data protection information from the stuvus website (stuvus.uni-stuttgart.de/en/contact/) also applies.

    Sustainability and reflection in teaching

    What use are the best innovations if they turn out to be ideas that harm our society in the long term and destroy our livelihoods?

    From this question it becomes obvious that it is essential to deal with one's own responsibility and the responsibility of one's own discipline. The ability to reflect critically is the core of sustainable thinking and acting and should be accordingly integrated into teaching.

    „The University of Stuttgart implements innovative concepts in research and teaching in order to provide knowledge and strategies for a meaningful and sustainable development."[1]

    Mission statement University of Stuttgart

    We in the student council are also thinking about how sustainability and reflection can be better integrated into teaching at the University of Stuttgart. Since the beginning of 2020, there has been a working group within the Department for Sustainability, which deals with this and would like to encourage the integration of appropriate subject-related courses in as many degree programs as possible. In this, the importance of action for a fair and sustainable society is to be considered and discussed. Here, sustainability is not limited to the ecological aspect, but includes all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The educational concept "Education for Sustainable Development", for example, shows how this can be possible.

    Education for Sustainable Development

    Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) enables people to think and act in a sustainable way, i.e. to understand the impact of their own actions on the local environment and on people in other parts of the world, to be able to imagine the impact on future generations, and to make responsible decisions as a result. ESD is also about empowering people to become "change agents" who are committed to transforming societies to be socially just and ecologically inclusive. ESD is not primarily an additional learning content, but manifests itself primarily in changed methods of knowledge and competence transfer.

    The competencies to be taught through Education for Sustainable Development include the following[2]:

    • Thinking and acting with foresight
    • Interdisciplinary work
    • Adopting other perspectives
    • Dealing with difficult decisions
    • Questioning one's own ideas and ways of thinking

    You can find more information about Education for Sustainable Development, for example, on the German website meine-bne.de.

    Our motivation

    In an interconnected, globalized world, it is necessary to be sustainably educated in order to deal with the complexity of interdisciplinary problems and to solve them in harmony with our environment. We believe that a university that provides knowledge and skills to change society must also provide competencies to deal with them in a sustainable way.

    These competencies enable students to live up to their social responsibility and to navigate well in an increasingly complex world.

    The University of Stuttgart has the chance to become a pioneer in sustainable education in Germany with the university-wide implementation.

    You agree with us and want to get involved? We are looking forward to your message:
    reflexion@stuvus.uni-stuttgart.de

    For more information on the topic, our working group, and the current status, check out the stuvus wiki (German only).


    Sources:

    [1] University of Stuttgart: Mission statement. https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/universitaet/profil/dokumente/university_profile_mission_statement_leitbild_EN.pdf, called on 17.06.2021
    [2] Sukuma arts e.V., meine-bne.de, called on 17.06.2021