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SafeZone Alliance: UK’s first city-wide safety and response initiative launches for staff and students

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We are delighted to be pioneering a new city-wide initiative with our colleagues at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford, to further enhance the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our shared student community.

The Manchester SafeZone Alliance has been developed by all three universities to build a network of safe spaces across our city and provide better response and assistance to staff and students across the city. 

The SafeZone app is free to download, easy to use, and connects you with campus security at the touch of a button if you are in an immediate emergency or require first aid. With this new Manchester Alliance, we’re able to expand our safe zones to cover not only our campus, but across the city at Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford campuses too. 

In the event of an emergency – including an accident, crime, or medical incident – help is available to SafeZone users at the press of a button across all three university campuses, no matter which university you attend. Using the app on your phone, you will be directly connected to the appropriate safety and security team or first responder on each campus who will be able to provide the assistance you need. 

For example, if a University of Manchester student is walking home alone late at night through the Manchester Metropolitan University campus, you’ll have the peace of mind that their security teams are instantly accessible at the tap of a button should you require assistance. 

SafeZone also removes cultural and language barriers, immediately confirming who needs assistance, their precise location, and the type of incident. The nearest first responders will be notified and dispatched to the scene to provide an efficient response. 

Only when an individual calls for help is the identity and location of that person shared with the university’s security team.

How it works

To add the alliance, you’ll need to first make sure you have the app downloaded – follow the instructions on our webpage if you haven’t already. 

When you open the app,  press the main menu in the top left hand side of the SafeZone app, tap on ‘Add Organisation’, and then select ‘SafeZone Alliance’. 

Once you’ve completed the form, tap on ‘Sign Up’. You’ll then be prompted to accept some additional terms and you’ll be taken back to the main screen of the app as a user of the SafeZone Alliance. 

Pressing the map icon in the top right hand side will show you all the areas the app covers. You’ll now be able to raise an alert in any of the coloured areas . If you’re outside one of these zones, the app will still help by providing your GPS location and prompting you to call 999 in the event of an emergency. 

For more information and instructions on how to download the app, take a look at our SafeZone webpage.

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