CoronavirusStudent update 26 October 2021

Dear Strathclyde student,

You may have seen recent national media coverage in relation to the spiking of drinks and spiking by injection in pubs and nightclubs across the country. While we have not received any direct reports from Strathclyde students, the media reports are deeply concerning for our University community. Our first priority is your health, safety and wellbeing, and we want to ensure everyone feels safe on campus and in our city.

We are working with Strath Union to encourage anyone who believes they have experienced or witnessed an incident to contact the police immediately and seek support. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards any incidence of spiking and you can report any concerns to us via our Report & Support tool.

Spiking refers to putting alcohol or drugs in someone’s drink, or injecting them with substances, without their knowledge or consent. It can cause serious health problems and leave the person vulnerable to further dangers on a night out.

Spiking can make you feel strange, unwell, or more drunk than you should be. If you suspect you or a friend have been spiked while you’re out:

  • Tell a bar manager or member of security staff straight away
  • Do not leave the person you believe has been spiked on their own
  • If you have concerns about their health, seek medical assistance – if it’s out of hours, you can call NHS 24 on 111, or dial 999 for an ambulance in an emergency
  • Contact Police Scotland on 101, or for urgent assistance, call 999

If you are on campus, you can also contact our Security Services team 24-hours a day on 0141 548 2222 for emergencies.

You can find more information about spiking on the DrinkAware website. If you have any concerns about your health and wellbeing more generally, please remember we are here for you. You can find out more about the wide range of support services available.

Best wishes,

Gill Watt
Director of Student Experience Services