RGU: Union achieves Gold in Best Bar None Awards

RGU Union Award RGU: Union, the Student Association of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, has achieved Gold in the Aberdeen Best Bar None Awards 2009.  

The University achieved Gold in the ‘Specialist Entertainment Category’, in the first year it has ever entered, following a recent assessment visit to the city centre facility. The Award was received by Union General Manager Michelle Collie, at a ceremony in the city’s Town House on Tuesday 1 December.  

The assessment took into account the Union’s policies on security, underage drinking, fire procedures, first aid, staff training and drugs and substance abuse.

Best Bar None is a UK-wide scheme for all licensed premises which aims to encourage a higher standard of management in order to build on good practice and achieve an enhanced customer experience.

Now in its fourth year in Aberdeen, the scheme has an important part to play in improving relationships between licensed premises, Aberdeen City Council and Grampian Police. The scheme also involves local alcohol campaign groups such as Safer Aberdeen and Aberdeen Joint Alcohol and Drugs Action Team (JADAT), to provide a joint focus on public safety and alcohol-related crime.

Michelle Collie, comments: “The Union is absolutely delighted to receive a Gold Best Bar None Award which recognises the work undertaken by our staff to ensure a safer environment for our students and guests. We strive to make sure students enjoy themselves as much as possible in the Union whilst feeling safe and secure. This award is a benchmark for the Union, highlighting our commitment to best practice.”

The Union recently underwent a £250,000 refurbishment programme during the summer months, revamping bar and cafe areas as well as providing students with more information facilities, resulting in a more modern and student-friendly environment.

Christine Buchanan, Dean of Students, adds: “The University is very proud of the Union, and the hard work and commitment by everyone involved in receiving this award. The University and the Association will continue to work together to ensure we deliver an outstanding student experience.”

The Union also recently joined U-night Aberdeen, a partnership of city night venues, Grampian Police and Safer Aberdeen, working together to combat night-time anti-social behaviour.

Over the coming year, the Union will be put forward for a number of new accreditations and awards, including the Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative, Sound* Environmental Impact Awards and Investors in Volunteering.

ENDS                                 14 December 2009