Bristol is known for its lively student nightlife, but the city is also taking steps to ensure its 60,000 students social safety and security during their time here. A series of films and a poster campaign have been launched to raise awareness of safety issues among first-year students. The campaign offers insights into drugs and alcohol harm reduction, drink spiking, and looking out for friends and safety around water.
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The films also address issues around harassment and reducing burglaries in student accommodation. Bristol City Council, Bristol City Centre BID, Avon and Somerset Police, Bristol University and the University of the West of England have joined forces for the campaign.
Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Bristol City Council, said: \”The safety of our residents is always our top priority, and we want everyone to enjoy all that Bristol has to offer.\” \”We\’re working closely with our partners to ensure that students know the potential risks and how to stay safe during their time in the city.\”
According to the National Union of Students, one in three female students experiences sexual harassment at university. The campaign encourages students to speak out if they witness or experience harassment. Bristol University\’s Vice-Chancellor, Hugh Brady, said: \”We want all our students to have a great time during their studies, but their safety is always our primary concern.\”
\”We hope that by working with other organisations, we can help keep all students safe and make Bristol an even better place to study.\” In doing so, students can help to make Bristol an even safer and more enjoyable place to live and study. If you have any concerns about your safety or that of a friend, please don\’t hesitate to speak to a staff member or the police.
For more information on the campaign, please visit www.bristol.gov.uk/freshersafety.
In addition, follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BristolFreshersSafety. If you have any concerns about your safety or that of a friend, please don\’t hesitate to speak to a staff member or the police.
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