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Keeping students safe at university

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Today our blog looks at new guidance from Universities UK to help keep students safe and informed.

Universities Guidance

Today, Monday 23 September, Universities UK announced the publication of new guidance which warns students of the dangers of initiation activities and excessive alcohol consumption. This was covered by BBC Online, the Guardian, the Independent, the Times and I News.

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore said:

Today’s new guidance is a welcome step in promoting the safety and wellbeing of students, and warning them of the dangers of initiation activities and especially excessive alcohol consumption.”

It is a shame that such a tragic case brought this issue to light, but it is important that students will now have access to increased information and that universities can use their position to warn students of the dangers involved in such activities.

Raising awareness on the potential impact of initiations and excessive alcohol on physical and mental health is vital so that the hundreds of thousands of students starting and returning to their studies this month feel their universities are prioritising their welfare and safety.

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