Personal Safety

Living away from home in a new city brings independence, new experiences and lots of fun. We want to ensure you make the most out of your time at the University of Birmingham, while remaining safe.

Hate crime

Hate crime is any incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate. This can be motivated by someone’s race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, national group, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. The Guild Advice Office and Student Mentor Office (Vale) are Third Party Reporting centres for hate crime

Sexual Harassment

The University and the Guild of Students launched a joined campaign Not On in 2015 to tackle issues of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment comes in many forms. It can be physical, emotional, verbal – anything that makes another person feel uncomfortable or intimidated. If you or a friend has been victim of sexual assault we advise you report this to the police. There is also an online reporting tool developed by the University where you can disclose. 


If you have any concerns relating to terrorism you can ask to speak to your local Security and Partnerships Officer by calling 101. Or you can call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. This service is staffed 24/7 by Count Terrorism officers who will make an initial assessment of the information you give to the Police and then, where appropriate, pass it on to local officers to look into. Visit West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism page for further information.

The Suzy Lamplugh site has lots of useful advice on personal safety.