Wednesday 26 January 2022

Unipol Student Homes

Drugs and Alcohol in Purpose Built Student Accommodation

This course is suitable for:

  • front of house staff dealing with student tenants
  • student welfare and support staff
  • accommodation managers 

Spaces available

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10.15am - 10.30amRegistration 

10.30am - 12.00pmWelcome & Introductions. Alcohol, the ‘safe’ drug? Alcohol & students. Initiation rites, Freshers and excessive drinking. Perceptions of drug use and why people take drugs. Recognition of the issue and responsibilities. Is there a drug culture among students? Types of drugs and types of drug use.

12.00pm - 12.45pmLunch (Provided)

12.45pm - 2.30pmWhat’s the pick of the pops this year? What the law says. Impacts of alcohol and substance use. What can you do? Support services and pathways for referral.

2.30pm - 2.40pmQ&A - Feedback





This course is led by Jan Hardy, Tenancy Support and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Unipol Student Homes.

Jan Hardy joined Unipol in 2018 as the Tenancy Support & Wellbeing Coordinator managing Mental Health & Wellbeing. A key element of the role is supporting tenants to address challenges, using mediation techniques for tenant disputes, providing information, support and referrals for students with mental ill health, dealing with anti-social behaviour, supporting students affected by crime and managing neighbourhood complaints. Jan has worked in the social care sector for over 30 years, covering everything from Child Protection to Youth Justice, Vulnerable Adults and the Military, building an extensive skill and knowledge base. Jan has been a Mental Health First Aider for almost 10 years and has been a trainer for 3 years.




This one-day course is designed for staff that work in student accommodation and who may see alcohol and other drugs as an issue for some of their tenants. The course provides an introduction to the history, effects and potential harms of alcohol and other drugs, and the reasons why some people use, or misuse, them.

Using real-life examples and some of the latest research, participants will gain a clearer understanding of the nature of drug and alcohol use by young people. There will also be information about the legal context, including the duties of landlords, and practical advice on how this works in real life. It will also provide information about effective referral pathways for students experiencing difficulties, and look at the role of disciplinary procedures.

Delegates will leave the course with:

  • An understanding of the recent history and latest information about patterns and trends in drug use amongst students
  • Improved knowledge about the effects and risks of all psychoactive substances
  • The ability to see through some of the myths around drug and alcohol culture at university
  • What the law says about substances and the potential impact of prosecution.
  • An understanding of referral pathways for support and the often uncomfortable relationship with university discipline procedures

Course Delivery:

This course is delivered to maximise your learning and provide opportunities to share experienceswith other delegates. This includes:

  • Detailed course materials and handouts
  • Opportunities for round table and small group discussion
  • Individual and group work
  • Lunch is provided, giving you time to relax and network with other colleagues


Normal rate - £145

Friends of Unipol Training and Members of the ANUK/Unipol National Codes - £130


Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £145

Friends of Unipol Rate - £130

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