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.

Security Services and West Midlands Police offer personal safety workshops to students, where you can learn:

  • Practical self defense tips and tactics, taught by the Campus Police Officer
  • Who to contact in different situations 
  • App based and other technology you can utilise to protect your items and keep yourself safe 
  • You can also collect crime prevention giveaways such as card defenders (preventing fraud through wireless card technology), personal alarms and purse dipping bells 

If you are interested in attending a workshop or organising one for a team or society you belong to, please email and we can arrange a session on campus. 

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

Hollie Guard App

Hollie Guard is a personal safety app that is free to download. A simple shake or tap activates Hollie Guard, which automatically sends your GPS location and audio/ video evidence to your designated contacts. Alarms are able to be raised both silently and very loudly including flashing lights to draw attention. This can be a useful reassurance tool for users who are walking home alone for example. More information can be found on the Hollie Guard website.

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.