We’re pleased to announce that Royal Holloway, University of London and Royal Holloway Students’ Union have successfully obtained NUS Alcohol Impact accreditation.
This illustrates the commitment and diligence of both the university and the Students’ Union to creating a social culture wherein alcohol consumption occurs responsibly, whilst developing a healthier, safer, more inclusive and productive student community.
The partnership has experienced a number of successes which have undoubtedly contributed to their ability to achieve accreditation.
It is evident that the partnership has taken a strategic whole-institution approach to the responsible consumption of alcohol, and they have continued to offer an excellent variety of non-alcohol events which are inclusive for non-drinkers but also allow all students to enjoy social events without the presence of alcohol.
They have demonstrated that they recognise the links between mental health and substance use, this understanding was evident through training, but also in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, the partnership has focused on working with local residents, illustrating their dedication to improving the relationship between students and their neighbours.
The employment of two full-time staff to support the victims of harassment, physical assault and sexual assault, in addition to the introduction of the Good Night Out crew, demonstrates going above and beyond to protect and improve student wellbeing.
Furthermore, the partnership ran a very successful Alcohol Awareness Week in 2021, within which the norms of responsible drinking were reinforced, alongside innovative interventions to communicate key messages.
“Royal Holloway, University of London and Royal Holloway Students’ Union are really proud to have achieved the Alcohol Impact Accreditation once again. Ever since our involvement in the pilot in 2015 we have been working jointly across our organisations to ensure that we raise student awareness around responsible alcohol consumption and provide support wherever it is needed. Where we have identified areas of need we have implemented new initiatives to support these endeavours, including the creation of the SU Good Night Out Crew and the addition of two Harassment &Wellbeing Advisers to the Wellbeing Department.” Lucy Cox, Senior Wellbeing Manager at Royal Holloway, University of London.