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Safety, Health and Welfare

The University has put in place a range of measures based on public health guidelines to make sure students and staff are safe on campus. 

University Safety, Health & Welfare Policy 2022

First-aid stations are identified by a white cross on a green background and can be found in laboratories, workshops, kitchens and other locations in each building. There is also a first-aid kit and automated external defibrillator (AED) located at the front desk/reception area in each building. Specific arrangements for first-aid are in place at each campus and are outlined in the safety documentation for each location.

To contact Emergency Services, dial 112 or 999. You may need to dial “0” for an outside line. Emergency numbers and a telephone are available at the front desk.

All accidents must be reported immediately using the University Accident Report Form. All accidents, dangerous occurrences and hazards must be reported to your lecturer who will show you how to report.   The forms  are available here

Make yourself familiar with the location of emergency exits and fire safety equipment in the University buildings. Here is what you should know in case of a fire or another emergency:

  • Activate the nearest manual alarm point/break glass unit
  • If possible, ensure the safe shutdown of equipment/electricity/gas in use
  • Leave the building using the nearest exit route - do not use the lift
  • Move away to a place of safety and do not re-enter the building until the “all clear” has been given
  • Assembly points are highlighted on signs throughout each building – know your assembly point!
  • Assembly Points are designated areas of safety where people assemble following an evacuation. The Assembly Points for each building are decided upon locally and highlighted on safety notice boards

Pregnant students should contact the safety, health & welfare team for a confidential risk assessment to ensure the safety and well-being of both mother and unborn child (in particular, if working with radiation, chemical or biological agents).

Students with disabilities (temporary or permanent) should contact the Disability Support Service for a confidential assessment to determine if specific arrangements (including evacuation) are required to ensure their safety, health & welfare while at University.

Smoking, including the use of an electronic cigarette or vaping pen, has been prohibited in all University buildings and within the curtilage of all these buildings since 2011 except for designated smoking areas, which are clearly marked.