This isn't about getting students to stop drinking. It's about creating a more positive culture of responsible drinking. For the huge number of students who don't drink alcohol, campus life isn't as inclusive as we'd like it to be. And with the habits formed as a student often sticking for a lifetime, reinforcing positive behaviours at this moment of change can have a lasting influence.
Participating institutions and students' unions are supported by the NUS to work through a list of criteria ranging from shaping students' union policy, to working in partnership with local community groups and residents.
Each institution also undertakes a number of more ambitious interventions, such as the creation of alcohol-free spaces across campus, or developing innovative alcohol free events.
Partnerships take 1-3 years to complete the programme, when they are ready an external audit of the institution and students' union takes place to assess their performance in Alcohol Impact.
For more information on the programme visit here.
The welfare, health and safety of our students is of the utmost concern to Lancaster University and the students’ union. We are committed to encouraging the responsible consumption of alcohol by students, both on and off campus, and to establishing a new social norm of responsible behaviour towards drinking.
The university and students’ union recognise that the consumption of alcohol, when in moderation, can be a fun and important part of student life. Whilst we have no wish to discourage sensible drinking, the partnership understands that, where excessive, drinking can have a detrimental impact on students’ university experience, their mental and physical wellbeing, and their academic success.
With this in mind we are committed to ensuring that:
Vice-President (Welfare & Community) 2016-17 David Whitlock said: “It’s really positive the union and university are making these changes to ensure our activity is appropriate for all students, it also allows us to explore different avenues that we had not tried before to improve and create a richer student experience.”
For more information on some of the work we are doing then please visit: