Lincoln students and partygoers reminded to “shush” at night

A campaign reminding people not to cause disruption when on a night out in Lincoln has been relaunched in time for the return of thousands of university students to the city.

Students from the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University have arrived back in the city, kicking off the start of the academic year with the annual Freshers’ Week celebrations.

The Shush Campaign, launched on Friday, September 16, has been given the theme this year of ‘Everybody needs good neighbours’.

A Shush logo being sprayed outside the Students’ Union building on the Brayford Campus.

Project partners aim not just to try and tell people to be quiet, but to help neighbours empathise with each other, asking “What if it was the other way around?”

The campaign is run by organisations including City of Lincoln Council, West End Residents’ Association, Lincoln BIG, Lincolnshire Police, the University of Lincoln and its Students’ Union and Bishop Grosseteste University and its Students’ Union. It forms part of a wider drive for Community Cohesion in the city.

Councillor Rosanne Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Community Cohesion and Social Inclusion at the council, said: “The Shush campaign is part of a wider plan to encourage a real sense of community spirit in the city.

“It doesn’t want to discourage people from enjoying what Lincoln has to offer in the evenings, but encourage them to return home from a night out without causing a disturbance for anyone living along their route.

“It’s also not aimed at stigmatising any particular group of people.

“Instead, it wants to show how being a good neighbour can have a positive impact, and how a little respect can make a big difference.”