New accreditation shows University's commitment to security

Bath has become the first university to be re-accredited as a Secured Environment - reaffirming our status as one of the safest campuses in the UK.

The University first achieved the award three years ago. The police backed certification scheme is awarded to organisations that can show they have adopted six key principles for protecting themselves against crime. It promotes good security practice in organisations by focusing on strategy, process and people.

Brian Schofield, Head of Security Services at the University, said: "Being the first University to achieve the Secured Environments accreditation in 2008 and understanding the importance of a safe environment to our international, home and EU students, I was keen to ensure that we were maintaining and in some places exceeding the original high standards of security management and service delivery demanded by this Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) auditing process.

"This re-accreditation clearly demonstrates our long-term commitment to providing effective security both for those employed by the University and students and visitors using our facilities."

Martin Gill, Director of Perpetuity who developed the award scheme in partnerhsip with ACPO, said: “Many congratulations are due to the University of Bath in being the first University to be re-accredited. It sets a benchmark against which the very best will wish to be judged.”

Alan McInnes, from ACPO Crime Prevention Initiatives, added: “Some organisations wrongly see security as a one-time-fix, however, the successful re-accreditation of the University of Bath shows that they have security monitoring and review as part of their business development and so ensures that staff and subsequent student intakes continue to receive the benefits."

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