Here you'll find information about events, grants and opportunities relating to Alcohol Impact. Expand your understanding, knowledge and skills and connect with others.


Students and Alcohol Conference 2018

NUS held its first Students and Alcohol conference for students' union and university staff and other sector stakeholders, in Leeds. Over 100 delegates who work in the sphere of students and alcohol attended the conference, which was organised in tandem with NUS' Alcohol Impact. Through workshops, presentations and interactive sessions, attendees improved their knowledge and understanding of student attitudes and behaviours surrounding alcohol, across UK campuses. Further information about the event can be found here.  Workshop & Keynote presentations from the event can be found below.

Detailed session information can be found here.

Keynote: Don Lavoie, Alcohol Programme Manager, Public Health England

Workshop 1: The power of storytelling - stories to change hazardous and harmful drinking behaviour in student athletes, Dr Liz Partington, Principal Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology & Dr Sarah Partington, Principal Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology, Northumbira University

Workshop 2: The 'Have a Word’ alcohol intervention - adapted with students, for student, Mandy Marlow, Assistant Head of Colleges (Student Experience), Durham University & Jo Boyd, Training and development officer, Durham Drug and Alcohol recovery service

Workshop 3: Exploring the transition to university and its impact on students’ risky drinking practices, Nikki Gambles, PHD Student, Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University

Workshop 4: Innovative and impactful alcohol interventions in residential settings – case study and practical workshop, Ela Walford, Student Services Manager, Unite Students & Rachel Drayson, NUS Insight Manager

Workshop 5: The Students’ Union at UWE (University of the West of England)’s experience with Alcohol Impact, Rachel Colley, Community Manager, The Students’ Union at UWE

Workshop 6: Drinking alcohol is a huge part of university socialising. What are the alternatives? Kyle Brown Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology, Birmingham City University & Emma L Davies Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Oxford Brookes University. Additional presentations from the workshops can be found here and here.

Workshop 7: Behaviour change by design: Changing environmental cues to reduce alcohol consumption, Professor Dame Theresa Marteau, Director of Behaviour and Health Research Unit, University of Cambridge

Workshop 8: Building successful interventions and initiatives with Alcohol Impact, Diane Pedder, Head of Engagement and Support, Leeds University Union & Kara Holloway, PhD Student / Alcohol Impact Officer, Keele University

Workshop 9: How might ‘dry days’ be used to promote moderate drinking? Dominic Conroy, Lecturer in psychology at University of East London


Student Placements

Student placements with NUS's sustainability department

We offer student placements within the sustainability department for students who can complete research and/or work placements for credit as a part of their course. During a placement, a student is responsible for one main project. Students work alongside and liaise with other members of the team, whilst receiving regular support and supervision as you scope, research, plan and undertake a specific piece of work. Here are the projects available, and the application form



Check out Alcohol Research UK's grant programme offering a range of opportunities for researchers and relevant organisations.


Other opportunities

Positive outcomes from promoting Dry January events - why not try a dry challenge event at other times during the year?