Safety within our community
We understand that there has also been some concerning stories being circulated on social media about safety around campus in recent days, and appreciate the anxiety that this causes.
We would like to reassure you that we have received no reports to our Security Services or to West Midlands Police of any incidents at the Vale as described in some social media accounts. We would ask if anyone does have any information that they let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure appropriate support is put in place and an investigation can be started quickly.
Where we have received reports of student safety concerns we have acted promptly to support individual students and continue to work closely with the West Midlands Police. We have also increased our security patrols and presence around campus and our accommodation, including at particular locations highlighted by students. We are working with the Guild of Students who will be reintroducing the Selly Express bus from Monday 22 March.
Our Security Team are here to support students, they are available 24/7 and can be contacted via the details below whenever you need them.
- In an emergency: 0121 414 4444
- Non-emergency: 0121 414 3000
- Non-emergency: Online Form
If you have been personally affected and need to speak to someone, you can also do this confidentially through our Wellbeing Team or through our You Report, We Support service.
The whole of the University community was saddened by the tragic death of Sarah Everard and we have all seen and heard the many experiences of women that have been shared in recent days. This has sent a ripple effect through society and has caused many of us to reflect on the safety of ourselves and others, the equality and inclusion of safety in our society, and what society can do to enhance women and girl’s safety in particular. It is clear that men and boys have an essential role in the safety of women and girls and the University will work with the Guild of Students to campaign, educate, raise awareness and act to address issues of safety in our community.
Personal safety is a community responsibility – one in which we must all play a part. As a community we must take care of each other, including identifying and reporting inappropriate behaviours. The University is continuing to invest in enhanced CCTV coverage across the campus, safer walking routes, personal safety campaigns and working with students and through the Guild of Students to tackle sexual harassment and violence in all its forms.
Stay safe everyone – wherever you are – and please remember that whether it is through our Security Services, Wellbeing Teams or the dedicated supporters and responders to reports of sexual harassment and violence, you are not alone and we are here to help.
West Midlands Police have released a statement on the reports of sexual harassment at the Vale.