UWE Bristol wins award from NUS for promoting sensible alcohol consumption

Issue date: 07 December 2017


Accredited institution The Students' Union at UWE

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) together with The Students' Union at UWE, has been awarded the NUS Alcohol Impact Accreditation for promoting responsible alcohol consumption in order to build healthier and safer student communities.

The Alcohol Impact is a programme run by the National Union of Students (NUS) that seeks to create a social norm of responsible alcohol consumption amongst students.

Professor Steven West, President and Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol, said “This is great news and reaffirms a whole university approach to health and wellbeing at UWE Bristol. We are committed to what we are calling 'Mental Wealth' and to working towards providing our students and staff with the very best support to enable a happy and successful time at university.

“We want everyone to thrive and flourish and be the best that they can be. To achieve that we need a balanced life style approach that supports high quality engagement and learning.”

A campaign around alcohol consumption was held during the Freshers' period this year together with an ongoing Late Night Do It Right initiative. Each year The Students' Union take part in the NUS Alcohol Survey to track progress and to gain attitudes and experiences of their students, with over 1,000 responding this year.

Rachel Colley, Community Manager of The Students' Union, said, “We have worked with the university, local residents, local GPs, police, Bristol University, Bristol Zero Tolerance and other organisations.

“We are thrilled to receive this accreditation, which is the result of building a strong partnership between The Students' Union and the University. Both partners are committed to the journey of long-term culture change both on and off campus, prioritising a healthy and inclusive university environment where our students can thrive and develop.”

Sian Hampson Vice President of Community and Welfare, said, "I am really excited that the hard work of The Students' Union and University have paid off. With 3.8% of our students* saying that alcohol consumption has impacted their mental health it is clear that work needs to be done. This is a great foundation for us to start on."

NUS Alcohol Impact Programme Manager, Lucy Henry said, “I really enjoyed training the students and also seeing all of the hard work you have put into your Alcohol Impact submission. I can see from the evidence and the time spent with you that you have achieved the accreditation, congratulations.”

UWE Bristol and the Students' Union will be awarded the Alcohol Impact Accreditation at the NUS Students and Alcohol Conference in February 2018.

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