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SafeZone campus engagement recognised with award

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The University of Manchester has won the Community Engagement category at awards hosted by Critical Arc, the owners of SafeZone.

Paul Greenlees, Deputy Head of Security, and Ian Halliwell, Crime Reduction Advisor, accepted the award at a ceremony last week. Critical Arc recognised the exceptional work our Campus Support and Security and ResLife teams have done to promote SafeZone through engagement, events and giving advice. In particular, they were impressed with our use of SafeZone to specifically target the needs of vulnerable students and staff, in conjunction with the Advice and Response team.

Safezone has more than 6,000 users at The University of Manchester, more than any other university in the UK.

Stay safe on campus with SafeZone

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.

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

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