NO MORE all-day drinking events for students will be staged at The University of Sheffield after a drunken teenage girl was run over by a double decker bus at the end of last term.
Students’ union managers have decided all further events will be suspended after the union’s licence was reviewed in the wake of a drinking session entitled Christmas Day. Students had queued from the early hours to get into Bar One on Glossop Road, where drinks were sold day-long at discount prices from 10am.
The union also traditionally stages an Exam Slam event on the last Thursday of the winter exam season, with live bands and celebrity guests. But Exam Slam was cancelled – and the union has announced all further similar events are suspended, too.
The move comes after Sheffield Council’s licensing committee members decided not to impose further conditions on the union’s licence to sell alcohol, which had been under review after the bus collision.
The injured first-year student, aged 18, was left fighting for life with serious head injuries and a punctured lung after being hit by a bus moments after leaving Bar One in the afternoon.
A spokeswoman for The University of Sheffield said: “The university and the students’ union took the decision to suspend any licensed all-day events, including the Exam Slam, whilst conducting their own internal review pending a review from the licensing authority.
“Following this, the students’ union was acknowledged by the licensing committee for its continued efforts to promote a responsible approach to alcohol and it therefore did not suggest any further licence conditions.”
But she said: “The university and students’ union have decided the voluntary suspension of licensed all-day events will remain.”
After the student was knocked down on December 14 last year, she was found to have in her handbag a promotional cup marked ‘Legendary Christmas Event’. Earlier in the day she had reported via social media that she had ‘never been so drunk’.
She has since left hospital in Sheffield and is recovering in Suffolk with her family.
The Students’ Union said it had run the Christmas Day event for 14 years without incident. A previous event – the notorious Pyjama Jump pub crawl – was axed in 1997 after several students needed hospital treatment.