The students’ union at the University of Bath has claimed a top national award as part of a Home Office approved scheme that promotes responsible management for bars and nightclubs.
The Best Bar None awards scheme is run by the National Union of Students and assesses students’ unions for the range of policies, training and practices that promote a safe and inclusive environment for students.
Hundreds of students’ unions across the country participate in the scheme, which has also been adopted by 75 towns and cities across the UK.
The SU is consistently placed highly in the leading students’ union venues but scoring a remarkable 100% for its assessment and 99% from a mystery shopper saw it gain the top prize – Gold Best Bar None National Winner – for the first time.
Mike Dalton, SU Bars & Entertainment Manager, said: “It’s so great to be recognised for the work we do in making The SU bar and club a really safe place to be.
“We work hard on our training for staff and are constantly looking at ways to improve and enhance our offer whilst sharing our knowledge with others.
“We have strict policies on entrance, limit drinks deals and support schemes such Good Night Out and Ask Angela that make nights out safer and more enjoyable for all.
“This year we are also forming close relationships with local bars and nightclubs as part of the #NeverOK campaign to help promote Bath as a safe city for a night out.”
Alison Inch, Commercial Development Manager at NUS, said: “This is an outstanding achievement and everyone at The SU Bath who works hard on a daily basis to put their excellent policies and procedures into action should be very proud of the accreditation they have achieved”.
The SU bar, The Plug, will be open over the summer as part of its new opening arrangements for doctoral students and staff working on campus.
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