National Student Drug and Alcohol Conference 2024

May 8, 2024
National Student Drug and Alcohol Conference 2024

Calling all students' unions, universities, colleges and community organisations!

Returning for its 4th year, our annual Student, Drug and Alcohol Conference brings a variety of individuals together to explore the issues surrounding alcohol and drug use in students across UK campuses. Included in the conference are engaging workshops and talks.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to hear from and engage with sector experts as well as share expertise and good practice, develop strategy and network with colleagues who share an interest in student alcohol and drug use and/or responsibility for student wellbeing, alcohol and drug use.

We're excited to hold the conference in person this year at Middlesex University. The event will run from 09:30am - 4:30pm . Tickets include refreshments throughout the day, lunch and a digital resources pack following the event.

Highlights from the agenda include:

Effective messaging for harm reduction

This workshop will help you identify language and framing to communicate harm reduction effectively. It will cover best practices for messaging around drug and alcohol use and common pitfalls and strategies to avoid.

 Insights from UWE Bristol

UWE Bristol has moved away from an off-campus referral pathway, bringing substance use support in-house. Hear a first hand account of this process, the types and volumes of referrals, common concerns expressed by students and how support is offered on campus.

Understanding Student Substance Use

Gain insights into recent research into student drug and alcohol use, including prevalence, motivations and impacts on mental health, academic achievement and social interactions. Discuss how to collect your own data on substance use and learn how to translate these research findings into actionable strategies and targeted interventions.

Integrating Harm Reduction into Disciplinary Procedures

This workshop will examine the legal framework for universities, accommodation providers and others. You will discuss how to bridge the gap between punitive measures and supportive interventions, creating an effective framework that not only supports the student but maintains the integrity of disciplinary procedures.

Supporting Students Leaders in Harm Reduction

Student-led initiatives are pivotal for in promoting safety and wellbeing on campus. Hear from students who have been advocating for priortising safety on campus for those who use drugs, through research, running campaigns and creating student led spaces. Gain insight into how institutions can work with their student leaders to improve student safety and wellbeing.

We are committed to making our events as accessible as possible. If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please do not hesitate to get in touch

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