The University of Bath is the first organisation to be accredited with the police award – Secured Environments for the fourth time. This shows a considerable commitment to prioritising security in the long term and illustrates a key facet of the thinking behind the award – that good security management is not about fads or about reacting to issues when they become a problem – but about getting the basics right, being consistent, prioritising security everyday and being proactive.
The university campus is located away from the city centre and is fairly self-contained with its own restaurants, bars, cafes, banks and shops. Nonetheless the university has not become complacent and continues to review issues and introduce new measures and initiatives to keep staff, students, visitors and property safe.
On receiving the award for the fourth time, Brian Schofield, Head of Security Services at the University of Bath noted:
“The importance of audits cannot be over emphasised, they allow an independent professional auditor to examine closely the practices and procedures within an organisation, to comment, praise and critique areas in an unbiased manner; this allows the organisation to celebrate successes as well as address identified shortfalls and thus continually improve; in addition it allows for bench-marking across a sector or against similar organisations.
The Secured Environments (SE) accreditation is a UK National Police approved accreditation conducted by an industry qualified professional with many years’ experience in both practical security measures and research thus being able to make very valid and relevant comments during the auditing process.
In the competitive education sector it is important to be able to demonstrate the University is serious about maintaining a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors alike.
The SE audit surveyed staff to gain views and perceptions from those served by Security Services, examined the commitment of the Senior Management Team to both support and finance the services required to maintain a secured environment and also interviewed staff and examined procedures and documentary evidence in support of the measured criteria.
This award recognises the efforts of all those involved in supporting the objective of maintaining a secured environment as well as demonstrating to prospective students seeking to attend the University that the Organisation cares about their wellbeing.”
Guy Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer at Police CPI noted:
“We are delighted that the University of Bath, which was one of the first organisations to gain the award back when it was created, has shown such long term commitment to the principles of Secured Environments. Organisations that embrace responsibility for security in this way, clearly benefit the public and the police as well as safeguard their own livelihood.”
About Secured Environments:
Secured Environments was established in 2007 and presents accreditation to businesses that have demonstrated effective and comprehensive management measures to protect their workforce from criminal activities. This accreditation was developed through the partnership of Police CPI and Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International Limited (PRCI), a specialist in community safety, crime, risk and security management.
Secured Environments locations include landmark building, shopping centres, universities, halls of residence, a hospital, data centre and business premises. Successful organisations will have demonstrated how they have embedded effective security into staff procedures and management processes. www.securedenvironments.com
About the University of Bath:
The University of Bath was established in 1966 with a mission to deliver world-class research and teaching, educating students to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through research, enterprise and influence. http://www.bath.ac.uk/