VC visits Security Services staff

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell thanked staff for doing a ‘fantastic job’ on her recent visit to Security Services.

She met informally with staff over tea and cakes last Wednesday 14 January in her latest departmental visit.

Brian Schofield, Head of Security Services, updated the Vice-Chancellor on the ways in which the team of 39 maintains the safety of students, staff and visitors on campus, as well as showcasing the improved campus crimes statistics for the past 12 months.

Lindsay MacLennan, Security Technical Support Officer, explained that the University has seen a huge increase in the number of CCTV cameras and Access Control doors on campus over the last few years. With the completion of the new student accommodation this summer, the number of Access Control doors will more than double from 700 to over 1,600.

After an open discussion with staff, the Vice-Chancellor visited a number of exhibits which demonstrated some of the department’s ongoing initiatives:

  • Charlotte Daniels, Security Officer, explained the Cycle Secure Scheme aimed at improving cycle security on campus.
  • Nick Place, Senior Security Officer, demonstrated the drugs awareness training available to staff and students.
  • Security Officers Kevin Kite and Ron Messer trained the Vice-Chancellor in the use of the defibrillation equipment at their First Aid exhibit.
  • Parking Warden James Norval demonstrated the body worn cameras used by wardens in situations of potential conflict.
  • Security Officer Sean Moore showed footage taken from a covert camera hidden in the room.
The Vice-Chancellor and Richard Dyer, Security Officer, in Security Control Room.

The Vice-Chancellor and Richard Dyer, Security Officer, in Security Control Room.

She ended the visit by stopping off at the Security Control Room where Richard Dyer, Security Officer, demonstrated the department’s hi-tech monitoring equipment. This includes the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system used to track vehicles across campus, and the touch-screen CCTV system which gives instant access to all 291 cameras at the University.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “I was hugely impressed by the level and quality of the high-tech surveillance now used on campus and the structures in place to support its effective use. It clearly demonstrates how we are all working together to ensure and promote safety on campus, and reflects the fact that the safety of our students, staff and visitors is extremely important to us.

“This was also a great opportunity for me to thank Security Services, face-to-face, for their hard work and commitment. The smooth running of the University relies on them.”

A schedule of the Vice-Chancellor’s visits is now available. All departments of the University will be visited in due course.

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