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Internal News - 21 February 2005

Bath students win customer safety award

The University of Bath’s Students’ Union has been given a Best Bar None award for its responsible attitude towards customer safety.

The award was launched by the Greater Manchester Police to recognise well-managed venues which addressed issues such as security, CCTV, drugs, crime prevention, emergency procedures and door policy.

As well as these areas, the Students’ Union has introduced policies which show its commitment to corporate social responsibility. It plans to consult students on its response to forthcoming smoking legalisation and has a clear policy on the marketing and promoting of alcohol.

The team will be awarded with a plaque and certificate at the NUS Services' Annual Convention at the end of March 2005. NUS Services is the body responsible for assessing standards in students’ unions.

“I am delighted that the Students' Union's efforts to ensure a safe and secure venue have been recognised in this way,” said Ian Robinson, General Manager of the University’s Students’ Union.

"We are one of the very first organisations outside of Manchester to be given this award and feel that it is an important part of our continuing efforts to be a socially responsible service provider.”

Also, Bath Students' Union has been selected by Diageo, the country's biggest drinks supplier, to trial its Responsible Drinking Campaign. The campaign aims to increase awareness of the unit content of alcoholic drinks.

The campaign will begin later this month with a survey of 100 University students across the campus designed to measure awareness of unit content. This will be repeated at the end of the month-long campaign to identify changes in students’ awareness.

For further press information contact Claire Hornshaw at the University of Bath press office on 01225 386319, or 07966 341 431