Alcohol Impact

Alcohol Impact is a culture change programme, supporting students' unions and universities in fostering productive, healthy and inclusive campuses. Since its launch in 2015, Alcohol Impact has supported 31 universities and students’ unions across the UK to create positive change across campuses. From alcohol awareness training for sports clubs to improving relationships with local residents, Alcohol Impact helps institutions to innovate their approach to tackling issues related to student alcohol use.

Join the programme
1

Students’ union and university join Alcohol Impact in partnership

SOS-UK can facilitate discussions between both parties

2

Host an introductory support session

with key members of staff from both the university and students’ union

3

Set up a steering group and work towards accreditation criteria

with a diverse blend of roles and remits, potentially with involvement by external stakeholders

4

Receive ongoing 1-1 support and resources

telephone and email support and resources for key dates of the year e.g. Alcohol Awareness Week

5

SOS-UK arranges one on-site support visit and two group support days per academic year

offering the chance to share ideas, good practice and discuss future interventions with other members of Alcohol Impact

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SOS-UK train student auditors to conduct audits and interviews

completed on-site (pending Covid-19 restrictions) over 2 days

SOS-UK produces a written report and award presented

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We partner with you to:

Take a whole campus approach

Each of our programmes are based on partnership working, with students’ unions and universities working collaboratively to generate whole campus shifts in alcohol culture.

Break down harm reduction into key actions

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.

Improve your delivery

The accreditation schemes bring together universities and students' unions from across the UK offering peer to peer support and the sharing of good practice.

Achieve a nationally recognised award

Following a successful audit, partnerships will be awarded their accreditation, recognising their excellent practice and achievements.

We're flexible

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.

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Invest in a safer university for your students

Working towards accreditation fee, supported for one year

£4,250 +VAT

Post accreditation membership for one year

£3,550 +VAT

Working towards accreditation fee,supported for three years

£10,850 +VAT

Post accreditation membership for three years

£6,390 +VAT
  • Tailored 1-1 remote support including telephone and email support.
  • An online toolkit providing resources and highlighting areas of good practice.
  • Resources for key dates of the year e.g. Alcohol Awareness Week.
  • One on-site support visit each academic year (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). This can include brainstorming sessions, staff/student training, mapping out of criteria, team meetings, or a pre-audit.
  • Two group support days per academic year, offering the chance to share ideas, good practice and discuss intervention ideas with other members of Alcohol Impact.
  • SOS-UK hosts an annual Student Drug and Alcohol survey which can be promoted to your students to enable you to build a strong evidence base of your students’ attitudes, behaviours and experiences with alcohol and drug use.
  • You will be provided with a chart report for each question, as well as the raw data so you can carry out any further analysis as you wish.
  • Support to recruit student Alcohol Impact auditors.
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Let’s transform your university together, shaping healthier lifestyles, safer campuses and stronger local communities.