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The University is the first to receive the Secured Environments award
The University is the first to receive the Secured Environments award
The Security Team with the award.
The Security Team with the award. (Click for larger image)

Press Release - 23 January 2009

Bath tops the class for university campus safety

The University of Bath can boast it has one of the safest university campuses in the UK – following the news it has won a prestigious national security award.

Bath, along with the University of Bristol, are the first two universities in the country to achieve the police-approved Secured Environments award.

Secured Environments is a police certification scheme awarded to organisations that can show they have adopted six key principles for protecting themselves against crime. The award promotes good security practice in organisations by focusing on strategy, process and people.

Feedback from the panel who conducted the audit in Bath showed the University scored highly for its commitment to providing a secure environment and for the way its security team is managed and run.

Brian Schofield, Head of Security, said: “We are very proud to receive this national security award. We work very hard to ensure that all our staff and students can work, study and live in a safe and secure environment. This accreditation is just reward for all that effort and will further boost the University’s standing both nationally and internationally as one of the safest places to study.”

Alan McInnes, General Manager of ACPO Secured by Design (which is owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers and works in partnership with Perpetuity Group to deliver Secured Environments), said: “We are pleased Bath has achieved this award. It demonstrates to staff, students, and potential students that the university authorities are committed to a safe and secure environment, not just on the day of accreditation, but as an important ongoing feature of management and university life.”

The Secured Environments award will be presented to Brian Schofield at a special ceremony on Monday, 26 January.

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