Participating institutions and students' unions are supported by NUS to work through a list of criteria ranging from shaping students' union policy, to working in partnership with local community groups and residents. Our online toolkit provides resources and highlights areas of good practice.
Each institution undertakes a number of more ambitious interventions, such as the creation of alcohol-free spaces across campus, developing creative alcohol-free events, delivering Alcohol IBA, working with sports team and the local community.
Partnerships take 1-3 years to complete the programme, when they are ready an external audit of the institution and students' union takes place to assesses their performance in Alcohol Impact.
NUS trains student auditors to conduct the audit, which takes place over a two day period and includes a documentary review of evidence, in-depth interviews with staff, officers, external stakeholders and student focus groups.
If criteria have been completed to a satisfactory level, the institution is awarded with our accreditation mark.