Statement on terrorist attack in Manchester
You will of course be aware of the tragic events in Manchester earlier this week. At this point we are not aware that any of our students have been involved or injured in the attack, but recognise that students and staff may have family and friends who have been affected.
Many of you will also be aware that the government has raised the current national Threat Level to critical, the highest level. The University is working closely with the police to monitor the level of risk in the city and around campus and have been advised that there is no intelligence to suggest that Birmingham is specifically at risk. Some of you will have noticed the increased patrols in the area, which we hope provide some reassurance. Extra police have also been deployed in the City and will be visible in key locations in the City Centre, such as Grand Central and at major events such as Pride, which takes place this Bank Holiday weekend.
The advice from police is that we should go about our business as normal, but remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Police; anything that gives cause for concern should be reported to the anti-terrorist hotline (0800 789 321). In addition to the emergency services, the University’s own security team is available 24/7 and can be contacted on 0121 414 3000 (non-emergency) or 0121 414 4444 (emergency).
We would also like to remind all students to download the Callmy App, which is the University’s first channel for communicating any significant issues or risks to staff and students. Students are also encouraged to make themselves aware of the advice available about how to act in the event of being caught up in an attack: Run - Hide - Tell.
At times like this it is important for all communities to stand together. Hate Crime should be reported and will be treated seriously. Any individuals or groups concerned or affected by any of these issues can access the range of support and advice services available at the University or the Guild of Students.
The University will continue to liaise closely with West Midlands Police and we will keep you informed of any significant updates.
Ellie Keiller Lee Sanders
President, Guild of Students Registrar and Secretary, University of Birmingham