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University responds to ‘spiking’ concerns… after winning national award for bar safety

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University takes steps following concerns nationally over 'spiking' in bars and nightclubs

The University of Bradford has won a Best Bar None gold award for the fourth year running, thanks to its safety first policy for patrons - its managers have also responded quickly to concerns over ‘spiking’ by ordering drink lids and testing kits.

Social areas based in Student Central, including the Amp, Sports Bar and Escape Bar, operate a number of schemes designed to safeguard students.

They include the Ask for Angela initiative, which enables anyone who feels they are being sexually harassed to use a codeword to indicate to staff they need help. First aiders are also on site and, in response to recent concerns over spiking, drink lids and testing kits have been ordered.

In light of the national and local news about spiking, a series of events are being planned to raise awareness of the issue. Anyone who feels a drink tastes unusual can ask for it to be tested.

Allison Thickett, hospitality and retail manager, added: “We are also liaising with our security team about a possible review of ID checks, and ensuring the bar facilities are for University of Bradford students only.”

Bar safety award

The Best Bar None award recognises the fact University of Bradford bars have policies in place designed to reduce crime, promote safety and responsible drinking, and improve knowledge and skills.

Stephanie Sexton, facilities service manager, said: “Winning the award for the fourth year running means a great deal to us, it’s a reflection on the effort we put in in terms of keeping students safe and the dedication of our staff.

“Best Bar None is all about creating a climate in which people feel comfortable and where staff know what to do if someone does need help.”

She added: “We’re always working to improve our service, for example by responding quickly to concerns around spiking by ordering drink lids and testing kits.”

The Best Bar None accreditation scheme is supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry; it aims to raise standards in the evening and night time economy, through a combination of responsible management and operation of licenced premises, ongoing improvements and social responsibility. Best Bar None’s goal is to help provide a safer night out for all.

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