Each of our programmes are based on partnership working, with students’ unions and universities working collaboratively to generate whole campus shifts in alcohol and drug cultures.
Our programmes are composed of 8 themes. Within each of the themes, the accreditation sets out a number of key actions that universities and students' unions can follow to achieve a whole-university approach.
The accreditation schemes bring together universities and students' unions from across the UK offering peer to peer support and the sharing of good practice.
Following a successful audit, partnerships will be awarded their accreditation, recognising their excellent practice and achievements.
Each of our programmes are based on partnership working, with students’ unions and universities working collaboratively to generate whole campus shifts in alcohol and drug cultures.Find out more
As part of Alcohol Impact, Students Union UWE, ran an end of year party for their halls, based around the principles of inclusive activity and alcohol awareness initiatives. Activities included alcohol quizzes, mocktail making, a BBQ, doughnut wall, ice cream van, beer googles Jenga, swing ball and hook-a-duck. Feedback from students included "[I learnt] that you can have as much fun as when you drink, even better" and "Moderation is key".
During participation in Alcohol Impact, UEA and Students' Union recognised that a large number of noise disturbances in halls were linked to pre-drinking. As a result, they instigated "VIPres", an initiative to bring large groups of students who would typically pre-drink in halls of residence into the students' union. The scheme has been popular amongst sports clubs, with approximately 150 students attending each week.
"We decided to take part in NUS Alcohol Impact as we were already doing a lot of work, around alcohol awareness but felt that the Alcohol Impact programme would help us identify gaps in the work we were doing. It gave us great structure to work to and ensured we covered all of the different areas in order to take a whole university approach to alcohol. We received fantastic support from the NUS Alcohol Impact staff and I was really proud to receive our certificate." - Hazel Wright, Wellbeing Coordinator.
Whilst taking part in Alcohol Impact, Teesside University and Students' Union have demonstrated their commitment to the welfare of students experiencing issues with alcohol. Partnering with Recovery connections, a peer-led, substance use recovery organisation, has allowed students in recovery a chance to complete their course and engage in university life. (get more from the university on numbers)
Drink Rethink at the University of the West of England (UWE)
An initiative to reduce damage and noise disturbance in halls of residence as a result of pre-drinking.