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Association Membership

The Association of University Chief Security Officers, AUCSO, is the primary association for Security Professionals working in Universities, Colleges and Institutions of Tertiary Education across the globe. Current members represent 22 countries! Membership is available by Institution, with each afforded the opportunity to nominate six representatives to the Association.

The Association provides a forum for its members to exchange knowledge, information and best practice relating to security management within the sector. Each year the Association holds a conference, security suppliers exhibition and an AGM for its members. Conferences are hosted by a different member University each year.

AUCSO consults and liaises with government agencies and regulatory bodies on relevant topics and provides training for our members on  Resilience (Crisis Management & Business Continuity), Mental Health Response, Counter Terrorism and Tackling Drugs.

Members are also able to share best practice, experience, initiatives and local security training within the eleven geographic regions, each of which hold their own local meetings and appoint a representative who sits on the Association Executive Committee.


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A Brief History

AUCSO emerged from an informal grouping of Universities in the South of England and became a formal Association within the Higher Education Sector in UK in 1984. The Association then quickly grew to include members from the North of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. 2009 brought a number of changes to the Association with members of the ‘European Association of Campus Security’ merging with AUCSO to form the Association’s European Region. The Association also voted in favour at its AGM to open membership to Further Education institutions in the UK. In 2014 the Association celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a special gala dinner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. In recent years more international members have joined AUCSO, giving representation in 22 countries around the world.