How are universities tackling spiking? What can be done to keep students safe - drinks covers to panic alarms

Universities are taking drastic measures to protect students from spiking, with freshers being given drinks covers, panic alarms and spike testing kits.

It comes after campuses across the UK saw a huge increase in incidents this time last year. Perpetrators were seemingly targeting student areas and events, and a frightening wave of spiking via injection emerged – prompting . Some even boycotted university nights out to raise awareness and ensure “the issue of spiking is taken seriously”.

According to the Alcohol Education Trust, spiking cases always surge during the first term of the new academic year. It’s difficult to determine the full scale of the problem, as many spiking incidents go unreported, but the organisation admitted that suspected incidents had in Autumn 2021.

how are universities tackling spiking? what can be done to keep students safe - drinks covers to panic alarms

Most Popular

    This came as the National Police Chiefs’ Council revealed in October of last year that there had been 198 spiking incidents, 24 via injection, across the UK in just two months.

    Student work app Stint conducted research last year which found four in five students were worried about spiking, which rose to 88% for women.

    With students returning to university for a new year, or heading to new cities for the first time to begin their studies, many will be wondering what their institutions are doing to tackle the issue of spiking. NationalWorld contacted a range of universities and Students Unions across the country to ask about the measures they are taking.


    Universities are taking action to protect students from spiking. Credit: NationalWorld / Mark Hall

    Universities are taking action to protect students from spiking. Credit: NationalWorld / Mark Hall

    ‘We’re distributing spiking testing kits’

    Some universities are offering free drinks testing kits inside their venues. The tests take just a few seconds, and look for things such as Ketamine or common .

    Those who told NationalWorld they would be distributing ‘spiking kits’ in their venues were: the University of Cardiff, University of Exeter, the University of Lincoln, the University of Loughborough, the University of Northumbria and Queen’s Belfast University.

    Students at some universities will be able to use kits that test whether a drink has been spiked. Credit: Getty Images

    Students at some universities will be able to use kits that test whether a drink has been spiked. Credit: Getty Images

    In landmark schemes, Lincoln and Loughborough students who suspect they have been spiked the night before will also be able to take rapid drug tests at the Students’ Union. The University of Loughborough assured students that these kits would never be used to take action against people who may have taken drugs recreationally.


    The University of Bristol previously told The Tab they were looking into spiking testing kits.

    ‘We provide drink protectors and bottle stoppers’

    One of the most common courses of action being taken by universities was to provide students with ‘drinks protectors’. These are covers that can be placed over a glass to prevent perpetrators putting something in it.

    Some universities will be including these as part of students’ ‘Welcome Kits’, while others have them ready to distribute at campus bars and clubs.

    Those who told NationalWorld they would provide drinks protectors were:

    • The University of Bristol
    • The University of Cardiff
    • The University of Exeter
    • The University of Lincoln
    • The University of Loughborough
    • The University of Northumbria
    • The University of Nottingham
    • The University of Oxford
    • The University of Reading
    • The University of Southampton
    • The University of Sussex


    Student Unions will be operating increased security at their venues. Credit: Getty Images

    Student Unions will be operating increased security at their venues. Credit: Getty Images

    ‘We’re increasing bag searches’

    UK institutions are also upping security in campus venues – and many are working with nightclubs across the city to refine their security practices for student nights out.

    The University of Birmingham, the University of Exeter and the University of Sussex are amongst those operating increased bag searches in their venues, in an attempt before they have a chance to commit their crime.

    The University of Cardiff said for some events, they will occasionally use sniffer dogs at their venues “to support the identification of illegal substances.”

    A spokesperson for the University of Sussex commented: “At the Students’ Union, we take reports of potential harm to students very seriously. We have been working with local nightclubs in Brighton on how best to support students.”


    The university also hosts a night out with popular club Pryzm, and has been collaborating with sports clubs via its Sports Reps Committee to “hear their safety concerns and work together to make [Pryzm] a safe venue”.

    Universities are offering drinks protectors, spiking detection kits and panic alarms to students. Credit: Getty Images

    Universities are offering drinks protectors, spiking detection kits and panic alarms to students. Credit: Getty Images

    ‘We have bystander training schemes’

    The University of Exeter, who received praise from Universities UK for its “good practice response”, and the University of Oxford have introduced bystander training.

    These schemes help people be aware of the warning signs which indicate someone is planning to spike a victim, and encourage intervention if it is safe to do so. They also aim to challenge conversations or behaviours that may perpetuate unhelpful perceptions on spiking.

    Many campaigners have also been calling for universities to introduce .


    ‘Panic alarms’

    The University of Northumbria is giving out panic alarms. Students can collect these in halls or at SU bars and venues.

    What else did the universities mention?

    Cardiff students can make use of a ‘Safe Taxi Scheme’. The university has partnered with Dragon Taxis to help students get home safely if they have lost their phone or wallet, meaning that “no matter where students are in Cardiff, you can get home safely with just your student card.”

    The University of Southampton told NationalWorld that ahead of Freshers’ Week, it had contacted all students with advice about .


    A spokesperson also noted: “Our students can report any incident which has affected them, for example, possible instances of spiking, through our Report and Support tool. Every report, which can be anonymous if preferred, is followed up and fully investigated.”

    The University of Bristol noted that it operates the ‘Ask For Angela’ scheme at all of its bars.

    Universities UK has encouraged institutions across the UK to take action on spiking. Credit: Getty Images

    Universities UK has encouraged institutions across the UK to take action on spiking. Credit: Getty Images

    All universities emphasised that students’ safety was “the top priority” and they had a no-tolerance approach to spiking. The University of Nottingham stressed it would take “swift action”, such as expulsion, against perpetrators, and will support the police in investigations.

    Universities UK, the ‘collective voice of universities across the UK’, has urged all universities to take action.

    The organisation said: “Spiking incidents are serious crimes of poisoning. They can be life-threatening, and have lasting impacts on students who experience it and on their friends who witness it.


    “The threat of spiking happening restricts the ability for students (predominantly, but not only women) to socialise – freely and without fear – as part of their student experience.”

    NationalWorld also contacted the University of Bath, University of Cambridge, University of Durham, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Warwick, and University College London for comment.

    News Related


    ‘Shazam!’ Star Asher Angel Hopes To “Integrate With Other Characters” In The DC Universe

    Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection Asher Angel, star of Shazam!, is hopeful about the storytelling of the DC Extended Universe now that James Gunn and Peter Safran are the ... Read more »

    They're in love and they eat people, in 'Bones and All'

    Timothée Chalamet as Lee and Taylor Russell as Maren in Bones and All. Yannis Drakoulidis/Metro Goldwyn Mayer hide caption toggle caption Yannis Drakoulidis/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Luca Guadagnino’s weirdly beautiful romance ... Read more »

    Virginia congressman dies from cancer at age 61

    McEachin was first elected to represent the fourth Congressional District of Virginia in 2016. CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Imag Rep. Donald McEachin, a Democrat from Virginia, has died at ... Read more »

    Old tech sounds preserved as part of huge audio project

    Play the sound of a typewriter to a child and they’ll have little idea what it is they’re listening to. Play it to an older adult and they might break ... Read more »

    Arts Week: How Art Can Heal The Brain

    NIH Director Francis Collins and Renée Fleming, who is Artistic Advisor at Large for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., sing a duet. Shelby Knowles/NPR hide caption toggle caption Shelby ... Read more »

    Blank paper, equations and alpacas: the symbols of China’s zero-Covid protests

    Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP Blank sheets of paper, mathematical equations and even alpacas: protesters in China have found creative ways to express anger at the government’s zero-Covid measures, unleashing a ... Read more »

    This Igor Shesterkin is far from good enough to save fragile Rangers

    We can pick at the line combinations, at the head coach’s allotment of ice time, at the regression of most of the kids who have been unable to use last ... Read more »

    Prosecution calls for up to 18 months’ jail for woman linked to unlawful import of elephant tusks

    SINGAPORE – The prosecution has called for between 12 and 18 months’ jail for a woman who was a director of a trading company that imported a 40-foot container containing ... Read more »

    Two more workplace deaths recorded; 42 fatalities to date in 2022

    SINGAPORE – An Indian national who fell into the sea off Jurong Island while working, and an elderly Singaporean worker carrying out cleaning services are the latest fatalities in a ... Read more »

    Jenna Ortega Prepped For Two Sleepless Nights For Wednesday's Iconic Rave'n Dance

    Netflix Wednesday Addams has always been a dancing phenom; after all, she is the daughter of Gomez and Morticia, two characters who themselves have a passion for a good tango. ... Read more »

    Iran acknowledges more than 300 are dead from unrest from nationwide protests

    In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with a group of Basij ... Read more »

    Bulls Mount Comeback Vs. Jazz After Lauri Markkanen Onslaught

    10 observations: Bulls turn tables on Markkanen, Jazz originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago The Chicago Bulls moved to 9-11 on the season with a 114-107 win over the Utah ... Read more »

    Fear and fury in China - what does President Xi do now?

    Spreaker Due to your consent preferences, you’re not able to view this. Open Privacy Options Protests have sprung up across some of China’s biggest cities – with demonstrators shouting “down ... Read more »

    Australia to Oppose UNESCO Endangered Status for Great Barrier Reef

    Australia's Environment Minister said the U.N. report was a reflection on Australia’s previous conservative government, which was voted out of office in May elections after nine years in power. Read more »

    World’s biggest volcano, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, erupts for first time in decades

    LOS ANGELES – Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, has erupted for the first time in nearly 40 years, US authorities said, spewing lava and ash ... Read more »

    China to call for ambitious, pragmatic biodiversity deal at Montreal UN meeting

    SHANGHAI – China will lead talks to secure an “ambitious and pragmatic” new global pact to preserve biodiversity at a United Nations meeting that begins next week, but implementing the ... Read more »

    The Walking Dead Series Finale Hit Record Viewership For AMC+

    Jace Downs/AMC While AMC has scored critical hits over the course of its run with shows such as “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men,” one of its biggest commercial hits has ... Read more »

    Allen ISD Board Votes in Favor of Controversial Boundary Changes, School Closures The Allen ISD school board voted Monday night to approve a proposal for boundary changes that would close two elementary schools on the city’s east side. Up against a ... Read more »

    Volcano Begins to Erupt in Eastern El Salvador, Prompting Ashfall Advisory

    The eruption began Sunday when the volcano launched rock and ash to areas surrounding the crater. There were no reported injuries. Read more »

    ‘We the People’ at heart of White House holiday decorations

    WASHINGTON —  “We the People” is Jill Biden’s holiday theme with White House decorations designed for “the people” to see themselves in the tree ornaments, mantel displays, mirrors and do-it-yourself creations ... Read more »

    Wakanda Forever's Newly Released Concept Art Shows A Major Evolution In Key Character Designs

    Marvel Studios “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” proved to be worth the hype. After the critical, commercial, and immeasurable cultural success of the first “Black Panther” movie, Marvel Studios had the ... Read more »

    'Moral and appropriate': Museum begins return of artefacts looted by British troops

    Ownership of all the items has been transferred to Nigerian officials, roughly 125 years after they were taken by force from Benin City. Read more »

    Igor Shesterkin ashamed of his play in latest Rangers loss: ‘S–t game again’

    The Rangers’ mistakes have been costly — exasperating even — given the fact that they aren’t getting the same otherworldly saves from Igor Shesterkin as they did a season ago. ... Read more »

    Rundown on Tuesday’s non-USMNT World Cup matches

    Here’s a look at Tuesday’s World Cup matches: Group A Ecuador vs. Senegal, 10 a.m., FS1 Both teams are still playing not just to make the knockout stage but to ... Read more »

    Pinocchio Wasn't Guillermo Del Toro's First Stab At Stop-Motion

    Jesse Grant/Getty Images Considering the amount of time it takes to film a stop-motion production, it’s very rare to see a director like live-action filmmaker Guillermo del Toro dip his ... Read more »

    Kevin Spacey Books His First Role Following Lawsuit Win

    Yannik Bikker/Shutterstock Kevin Spacey is arguably more known today for the numerous allegations against him than for his roles in hits like “Seven” and “The Usual Suspects.” Spacey was accused ... Read more »

    This external cooler is as big as a PC

    Does anyone have three 4090's they need to cool? Read more »

    ‘It's a Christmas Miracle,' Fort Worth Woman Reunited With Family 51 Years After Kidnapping

    She was kidnapped by a babysitter at her parents' Fort Worth home in 1971 at just 22 months old at the time of her disappearance Read more »

    Council vote set to bring Surrey, B.C. one step closer to scrapping municipal police force

    Surrey, B.C., city council is set to hear from the head of the municipal RCMP detachment as it votes on directing staff to craft a final plan to keep the ... Read more »

    What to Know About #GivingTuesday and How to Get Involved

    Link video: NBC Universal, Inc. There’s a day for giving thanks, three days for cashing in on deals — and now there’s a day to give back. Giving Tuesday ... Read more »

    Florida woman sues Kraft Heinz for $5M, saying mac-and-cheese takes too long to prep

    An alleged cheesy bait-and-switch could cost Kraft Heinz $5 million, if one Florida woman gets her way. She is suing over its microwavable mac-and-cheese cups because, she says, the dish ... Read more »

    Giants’ Azeez Ojulari could be set to return for Commanders game

    Azeez Ojulari has been something of a forgotten man in the Giants’ 7-4 start, as he has been limited to two games by a series of leg injuries. But if ... Read more »

    Shanghai Disneyland Shuts Down Just 4 Days After Reopening Due To China Covid Requirements

    Shanghai Disneyland Shanghai Disneyland Shanghai Disneyland has again closed its gates, just four days after reopening them, in order to comply with “the requirement of pandemic prevention and control.” The ... Read more »

    vivo Y02 release: 5000mAh battery, 6.51-inch LCD and Helio P22 SoC at ~RM430

    vivo has recently released the vivo Y02, its latest entry-level smartphone for the global market, which is currently only available in Indonesia. The successor to the Y01 and the lower ... Read more »

    Health ministry: Israeli fire kills Palestinian in West Bank

    Health ministry: Israeli fire kills Palestinian in West Bank The Palestinian Health Ministry says a Palestinian was killed and 11 were wounded by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank ... Read more »

    South Korea orders striking cement truckers back to work

    South Korea orders striking cement truckers back to work South Korea’s government has ordered some of the thousands of truck drivers who have been on strike to return to work, ... Read more »

    Here Are the Candidates Who Filed Petitions to Run for Chicago City Council in 2023

    Link video: Monday marked the final day that candidates were eligible to file nominating petitions for the 2023 Chicago municipal elections, and the races to determine the makeup the ... Read more »

    Victoria Beckham's festive ensemble has to be her most surprising look to date

    Victoria Beckham thrilled fans on Monday when she debuted a surprisingly striking outfit – and it has left us feeling particularly festive. SEE: Victoria and David Beckham’s London mansion is 1000x average ... Read more »

    Is There A Connection Between Damien Chazelle's Babylon And Kenneth Anger's Infamous Hollywood Babylon?

    DFree/Shutterstock A town with absolutely no qualms about looking at itself, warts and all, Hollywood becomes one of the characters at the heart of director-writer Damien Chazelle’s upcoming silent-movies-segue-to-talkies saga, ... Read more »

    James Gunn Knows How Badly DC Fans Want To See Booster Gold

    DFree/Shutterstock As if “Black Adam” premiering and changing the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe wasn’t enough, DC fans were treated to some intriguing behind-the-scenes news around the same ... Read more »
    Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network