Safety for students in and around campus is always an important thing to think about. Although it’s unlikely that anything will ever happen, it’s important to know what you should or shouldn’t do, what support is available, and how to be vigilant.
Safe on nights out
It’s easy when you’ve had a few drinks to lose your focus. That’s why it’s important to remember these rules. Set yourself limits and stick to them. That’s not only with drinks, but also don’t agree to something that you don’t want to do. If you do find yourself in difficulty at a bar or club, go to a member of staff and “Ask for Angela”. The staff will know you need some help getting out a situation, and will help you out discreetly.
Remember that there’s always safety in numbers. Nights out are better and safer with groups of friends.
Avoid taking short cuts, even though it might be quicker, and stick to lit areas and licenced taxis.
Safe on campus
We’re really lucky to have 24/7 security on campus, which means that you can work in the Waterfront building at any time. The security team is always available to help out, so if you do need them, give them a call on 01473 338999. It’s worth saving their number in your phone. If you find yourself in any danger, call 999.
If you can’t talk on the phone, follow the “Silent Solutions” procedure. Dial 55 to signal that you require help.
Safe with money
This is pretty much common sense, but being careful at cash points is always sensible. Cover your pin, and put your money away. If your card does get stolen, contact your bank and cancel it.
It’s a good idea to check your bank account once a week; not only to keep on top of you spending, but also to keep an eye out for anything strange.