Welcome to the University of Suffolk and information on our Safeguarding policies, process and practice.
Designated Safeguarding Officers - Ipswich Campus
Academic Registrar, Fiona Fisk (Lead)
Assistant Director of Student Life, Chantalle Hawley
Head of Safeguarding and DBS, Amy Quinton
Director of People and Organisational Development, Julie Burton
Head of People, Jo Campbell
To raise or concern or to make an enquiry please contact email@example.com or telephone 01473 338400 and select option 'safeguarding'.
Please find information and contact details for Safeguarding Officers at our partner campuses.
University of Suffolk at Suffolk New College
The Safeguarding Team can be contacted on 01473 382738 or firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Suffolk at East Coast College
The Safeguarding Team can be contacted email@example.com
07747442823 – Lowestoft campus
07795306828 – Great Yarmouth campus
Global Banking School (GBS)
Birmingham Campus Prevent and Safeguarding Officer: Ernest Asamoah, Campus Coordinator
Manchester Campus Prevent and Safeguarding Officer: Dinesh Kumar Saraswat, Campus Manager
Greenford Campus Prevent and Safeguarding Officer: Thuvaraka Jennifer Sivanathan, Academic Administrator
Republic Campus Prevent and Safeguarding Officer: Safina Lakha, Quality Manager
Bow Road Campus, Prevent and Safeguarding Officer: Mrs. Diana Shatokhina, Head of Programme Management
London School of Commerce (LSC)
Prevent and Safeguarding Officers:
- David Silbergh (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Rabindra Shrestha, Student Support Manager and Disability Officer (Email: email@example.com)
Designated Safeguarding Officer:
- Michelle Brooks (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Teacher Training Partners
North Essex Teacher Training
Dr Sarah Alix, Progamme Director NE TT (Email: email@example.com)
Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT
Anna Richards (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01473 265081)
BEC Teacher Training
Clare Smith (Email: email@example.com Tel: 01268 477611)
Iain Mackintosh (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01603 331380)
The University is an adult environment; students are expected to act as adults and to assume an adult level of responsibility. Students are expected to have the necessary skills to study independently alongside people from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Places are offered on the understanding that, where relevant, students will be able to adapt to living away from home and manage the practicalities that this involves.
The University treats all students as independent, mature individuals and students who are under the age of 18 years will be treated in the same way. The usual personal and academic support arrangements will apply to students who are under 18 years. This will normally include:
- Allocation of a Personal Academic Coach or Personal Tutor
- Access to a range of support services
However, the University acknowledges that anyone under the age of 18 is legally a child and recognises that students under the age of 18 may therefore have different needs in relation to their support and wellbeing. Admission of such applicants therefore requires additional consideration in order that the University can ensure that it fulfils its obligations and meets any additional needs in relation to support and wellbeing. A parent/guardian is to sign a consent form before an applicant is offered a place on a programme of study. Should a parent or guardian not wish to sign the agreement, the University reserves the right not to process the application further. Where any applicant does not have a parent or guardian they could contact Admissions for guidance on arranging a formal guardian.
The University is not able to take on the rights, responsibilities and authority that parents have in relation to a child and it will not act in loco parentis in relation to students who are under the age of 18 years. The parent or guardian is required to accept this and acknowledge the other possible conditions and arrangements set out below - by signing the consent form before a student may be admitted to the University. International students who are under the age of 18 (and British students whose parents live overseas) are required to appoint a guardian within the UK, accessible to the University and the student should the need arise. Where international students do not have appropriate contacts in the UK to fulfil this role, guardianships accredited by AEGIS can be arranged.
More information is available for parents and families.
Advice and student responsibilities:
- It is illegal for alcohol or tobacco to be sold to or bought by anyone under the age of 18. We expect students to abide by the law and cannot be expected to supervise students in this respect.
- Programmes may involve compulsory or optional field trips, excursions or other periods of study away from the University. The University cannot take additional responsibility for a student under 18 participating in those activities. Where these activities are not a formal part of the programme of study, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the organiser of their age.
- Where a student who is under 18 is required to undertake a placement as part of the programme of study, appropriate arrangements will be made with the workplace to safeguard the student and to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, (such as Health and Safety and Working Time Regulations).
- The University can not make any special arrangements for restricting access to particular internet sites for students who are under the age of 18. They will be expected to comply with the usual rules and regulations for the use of IT as all other students.
- Academic programmes are designed and validated to be delivered to students over the age of 18 years. Therefore, they may contain teaching materials that are 18-rated. If students and their parents/guardians are concerned about the content of the programme that they wish to enrol on, they are advised to discuss the content of the programme with the Programme Leader.
- Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours, so lectures and contact time with tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. The University cannot undertake to supervise any student travelling home during these extended hours.
- It is particularly important that emergency contact details are provided for students under the age of 18 years and such students and/or their parents are required to supply this information prior to their arrival at the University. If a medical emergency arises these emergency contact details will be provided to the appropriate statutory services.
- The Safeguarding team will be responsible for notifying the relevant Dean, Course Leader and Student Support services, prior to the enrolment of any student who will be under the age of 18 years on entry to the University.
- It is the University's usual policy to communicate with students (with whom it has a contractual relationship) and not with parents or guardians and this approach will normally apply to students who are under the age of 18 years. The university will therefore correspond with students, and not normally with parent or guardians.
The University aligns to the IHRA working definition of antisemitism as described in the IHRA policy briefing (March 2020), see below.
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
The IHRA working definition is underpinned by eleven contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere. For more information, you may like to refer to the IHRA Policy Briefing (March 2020).
Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
- Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
- Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
- Expectations on staff and student conduct are woven through several university policies, procedures, and our University Charter. We remind of key policies and procedures below, which give advice on how concerns can be raised or referred.
Expectations on staff and student conduct are woven through university policies, procedures and our University Charter. Policies and procedures outlined in the section above, give advice on how concerns can be raised or referred.