Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at UoB

As part of the University’s commitment to provide a safe environment for all, this summer saw the installation of Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) in four key locations: Estates Maintenance Building (Y6), Poynting Building (R13), University House (O3) and Shackleton Hall in the heart of Vale Village.

Although you may have already seen one of sixteen existing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in campus buildings, these new life-savers are highly visible, easy to access and available 24 hours per day.

AEDs maximise the chance of saving someone’s life following a sudden cardiac arrest by delivering an electrical shock to restore the heart’s natural rhythm. Safe for both trained first aiders and lay persons, they are most effective when used with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) whilst awaiting the arrival of paramedics. PADs are designed to be used by anyone and instructions are detailed on the cabinet containing the PAD.  Once the PAD is opened verbal instructions are also given.

Colleagues from Workplace Wellbeing and Estates have launched this new initiative in collaboration with external partners including West Midlands Ambulance Service.  For instruction on how to use an AED there is an app available, Lifesaver, developed by The Resuscitation Council UK.  To access click here.


Public Access AEDs (PADs)

  • PADs are located externally in areas where any member of the public can access them
  • They are designed to be used by anyone and instructions are detailed on the cabinet containing the AED

Location of PADs on UoB campus:

  • Estates Maintenance Building (Y6 on campus map)
  • Physics West, next to call point (archway by R8 on campus map)
  • University House (O3 on campus map)
  • Shackleton Hall, The Vale (external wall facing car park)

Mobile AEDs

Two mobile Security vans carry AEDs, which are available 24 hours a day. Call 43000. 

AEDs located in buildings on the Edgbaston campus

Please note access may be restricted in buildings due to their operating hours or required swipe entry. Please enquire about local arrangements. 

Location of AEDs in buildings (italics indicate swipe access is required):

  • Main Library – Ground floor first aid room
  • The Medical School – Main reception on the wall
  • The Education Building - Ground floor, main foyer.
  • SPORTEX – 2nd floor by the gents’ toilets
  • University Sport and Fitness:
    Lower ground floor, pool timing office
    Ground floor, reception
    First floor, gym office
    Second floor, performance centre reception
  • Aston Webb - main reception desk
  • Chemical Engineering - reception area G23
  • Elms Road Computer Centre G5 - ground floor, reception
  • Winterbourne - shop behind the reception desk 
  • Edgbaston Park Hotel - behind the reception desk

Location of AEDs off campus

  • High Temperature Research Centre - on wall main entrance
  • The Raymond Priestley Centre, Coniston 
  • All University-run nurseries - inside main entrance
  • Fire Station, Bristol Road, opposite Beech House
  • ORLC, Selly Oak Campus - security office



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