Alcohol Impact Auditor: Voluntary Role Description

The Students’ Union at UWE and UWE Bristol are offering an opportunity for students to gain skills in project management, communications and leadership by volunteering as an Alcohol Impact auditor.

Alcohol Impact is our whole-institution accreditation scheme to create the conditions for a social norm of responsible alcohol consumption by students. Alcohol Impact takes a social change theory approach to tackling binge drinking, ultimately reducing harm to students, improving academic achievement, and enhancing the student experience.

Depending on the number of criteria the institution completes, they can achieve either: a ‘Working Towards Alcohol Impact’ or the ‘Alcohol Impact accreditation’. All students’ unions and institutions participating in Alcohol Impact will need an audit to verify their level of achievement… and this is where you come in!

The Students’ Union at UWE and UWE Bristol is one the institutions across the UK taking part in Alcohol Impact this year. They have worked to complete a range of criteria and an audit will now take place to evaluate the outcome and to collect important research on this topic. 

Commitment:

Monday 9 September: 09:30 – 16:00

Tuesday 10 September: 09:30 – 16:00

Lunch will be provided on both days

This a voluntary post offering great opportunities for professional and personal development. Following the audit, you will be provided with a careers development document, certificate and a letter of recommendation which outlines the skills you have gained as an auditor. This makes a great addition to your CV!

Objectives:

  • Learn more about approaches to responsible alcohol consumption at your institution and students’ union
  • Gain skills and knowledge in auditing
  • Learn interview skills and get the chance to conduct interviews with key individuals from your institution, students’ union and/or external partners
  • Make a positive impact, improve your CV and gain valuable employability skills, participate in an auditor training course, and have a fun two days learning practical skills with likeminded people!

Auditor training: this half-day training will equip you with all of the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to conduct the audits and assist with the interviews.

Desk-based audit: this will involve reviewing the evidence your institution and students’ union has submitted in advance of the audit – ranging from photos of related events to changes in policy and procedure! You’ll get an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at how change occurs locally.

Interview training and conducting interviews: NUS will train you with all the skills you require to conduct the interviews alongside the other auditors. Interviews will take place with three key individuals including staff from The Students’ Union and the university. The interview will be led by all the auditors in a group with the support of NUS staff.

You will always be working with other students’ and will be accompanied by a member of the NUS Alcohol Impact Team, and given all the support you require to undertake the tasks.

Key skills and experience gained:

  • Experience of working on a national programme in a professional environment;
  • Knowledge of how institutions and students’ union tackle responsible alcohol consumption;
  • Insight into effective behaviour change methods;
  • Experience of communicating using a variety of different means;
  • Ability to support and encourage others to perform;
  • Leadership skills;
  • Time management;
  • Team development;
  • Project management skills.

Want to apply?

Contact Christina via SUCommunity@uwe.ac.uk  if you would like to gain work experience and be involved with this national programme. The closing date to express your interest as an Alcohol Impact Volunteer Auditor is Friday 23 August 2019.

Please provide the following:

  • Your name
  • Year of study
  • Course of study
  • Reasons you wish to be an auditor
  • Any dietary requirements
  • Confirm you can commit to both days in September