Bath Spa students have been voicing their opposition to ‘Wonkee Wednesdays’, the name of the university’s mental health ‘celebration’ day.
The name, conceived by the university Student Support team, was one of “a number of ‘W’s’ [that were] considered, including wobbly” and was “in no way intended to be derogatory” according to Accessibility Advisor for Mental Halth, Emily Weskin.
“The term could be seen as a negative, but why? Why is being a wonkee bad? This is the perfect opportunity to flip any negative connotations on their head and see it as a positive.”
Student’s on the other hand have been voicing their concerns on social media.
Have you seen the ‘wonkee wednesday’… I think the people who run the uni are just absolutely clueless💁♀️
— who's rufus? (@KatSolleyx) December 6, 2018
Also, in regards to this whole naming issue of Wonkee Wednesdays, those who say I’m being over-sensitive seem to not realise that this is simply the catalyst to get me to speak out. If it were one event, it still wouldn’t be brilliant, but the fact that this is just another step
— J. Harding (@jhardingmusic) December 5, 2018
Christopher Davies, head of communications at Bath Spa, said: “It’s been running since beginning of term with no concerns until this week, as far as I am aware, our concerns are with the students’ wellbeing and not the name of the campaign.”
Bath Spa have decided to change the name in light of the opposition.