Security in Further and Higher Education: Keeping students safe
Official statistics show that 19 per cent of full time students were victims of crime in the 2014/15 academic year, a noticeably higher proportion than in the general population. Concerns have also been raised that not enough is being done to protect female students from sexual assault or harassment during their time at university.
But student safety goes beyond preventing crime and protecting campus facilities. At a time when an increasing number of students are suffering from anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, many leading institutions have been accused of failing in their duty of pastoral care. While some pioneering universities have adopted a more student centred approach to safety, the sector is inconsistent and fragmented when it comes to security.
Join us for the Security in Further and Higher Education where leading experts will explain how to make the student experience safer and how this can boost your university’s reputation and funding. Discover how to protect vulnerable groups such as international students, how to adopt a more holistic approach which takes into account student mental wellbeing, how universities can guarantee a universally high standard of security across the higher education sector and how innovative estate security solutions can improve safety on campus.
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- Benefit from the latest insights into campus security and the student centred approach to safety.
- Have your questions answered by leading security and pastoral care experts.
- Examine examples of best practice and see how these lessons could be applied to your institution.
- Network with other delegates from across the higher education sector, share experiences and discuss potential solutions to common problems.
- Explore the exhibition space and speak with industry leaders in private security, student insurance and campus design.
The Safer Universities Conference boasts a variety of outstanding speakers from the across the higher education sector. Each one has been handpicked based on their experience and professional background to ensure that all delegates benefit from relevant, high-quality presentations. Expect speakers to cover a wide variety of topics including:
Student centred approach: Too many universities limit their commitment to student safety to providing security staff and preventing crime on campus. While this is important, universities also have a responsibility to protect young people throughout the whole higher education experience. The solution lies in shifting the emphasis from the physical built environment towards a security and wellbeing strategy which follows the individual student. To achieve this, chief security officers and directors of student services need to instigate behavioural change across their organisation. What is the current state of student safety in UK universities and what needs to change to ensure a more holistic approach to student wellbeing?
Securing mental wellbeing: Students in England and Wales are more stressed than ever before with demand for university counselling services at an unprecedented high. It is understood that the disruption of moving away from home, relatively high levels of alcohol consumption and growing anxiety about employment prospects are all contributing to this trend. Without help, serious mental health problems can have severe consequences. Between 2007 and 2011, more than 500 full time students in England and Wales took their own lives, with young men accounting for the majority of these cases. What are the factors impacting student mental health and how can universities do more to support those who are struggling?
The business case for safety: At a time of higher tuition fees, the relationship between students and universities is increasingly resembling that between consumers and business. The result is that both students and parents now expect to have access to support and care that has not traditionally been seen as the responsibility of the university. Those institutions that can adapt quickly will gain an advantage in the increasingly competitive marketplace for new students. Universities with a reputation for being safe and secure will see an increase in recruitment, attract more international students and reduce the student drop-out rate. What is the relationship between student safety and recruitment and how can making your campus more secure help guarantee additional funding?
Registration and Coffee
Cathy Day, Chair, Universities Safety and Health Association (invited)
Cathy Day, Chair, Universities Safety and Health Association (invited)
Security in Education: Why it is a priority in higher education
Session delivered by iCetana
ICetana - see things differently:
Lisa Brooks-Lewis, Mental Health Manager, University Mental Health Advisers Network (invited)
The University Mental Health Advisers Network is a national UK charity. We are a network of mental health specialists working in the Higher/Further Education sector. Members are dedicated to, and have a practical role in, providing support to students experiencing mental health difficulties.
Refreshments & Networking Break
Session delivered by Veracity UK
Seminar stream 1
Seminar A delivered by Hik Vision
Scott Davis, Senior Business Development Manager, Hikvision UK & Ireland
Using industry leading technology to protect students, campuses and assets
Seminar B delivered by Commend
Seminar C delivered by Pacom
Lunch and Networking and Exhibition
Seminar Stream 2
Seminar D delivered by Redline Assured Security
Seminar E delivered by Tyco
Seminar F delivered by Panasonic
Sean Taylor, Key Account Manager for Panasonic Security Solutions
Panasonic Security Solutions go beyond surveillance to provide high quality, cost effective products.
Safe guarding and providing a safe environment for students is key, Panasonic will explain how to ensure greater safety whilst taking a holistic approach to the total cost of ownership of a security systems, to ensure cost effective solutions.
John Davidson, Head of Field Operations (Systems), National Security Inspectorate (CONFIRMED)
Competence in security and fire safety: reducing risk and raising standard
Session delivered by PACOM
Becoming the highest rated university for student well being - a case study
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- Understand the current state of security in the higher education sector and why some universities are failing in their duty of care.
- See how a wider approach to student safety, which takes into account the whole student experience, could be the answer.
- How universities can incorporate student mental health into their safety and security strategies.
- Understand the business case for increasing student safety and how a positive reputation can boost recruitment and retention.
- Identify opportunities to collaborate with outside agencies including the police, the NHS and local authorities.
- How the Protect-ED gold standard for security can ensure every student has the safest possible university experience.