Whilst Salford is a safe place to live and study, there can be times – as there are in all big cities – when you may feel unsafe or in danger. We’ve made it a little easier for you to take the utmost precautions to stay safe around campus and online with our tips below.
1. Download the SafeZone app
As a way to ensure the safety of all students, we have a new safety app called SafeZone. Once downloaded, you will have access to emergency or urgent assistance should you need it, first aid and the ability to report emergency incidents and concerns.
The app can be used if you or someone else is in a situation where personal safety is at risk or if you or someone else is injured or hurt. You can either call for assistance by raising an emergency alert, request first aid or report something suspicious.
2. Report incidents on the train
If you’re commuting to uni, you may unfortunately find yourself in a situation where you’re uncomfortable or feel endangered on the train. This could be if someone is exhibiting anti-social behaviour, causing an incident or committing a crime.
In this circumstance, you can text 61016 which allows you to inform the British Transport Police about the issue so it can be dealt with appropriately. In an emergency, always dial 999.
When texting the number, be sure to tell them the nature of the incident, the location and the time. For example, ‘Abusive man on the 7pm Sutton Coldfield to Birmingham New Street service. He was threatening people, and then got off at Birmingham New Street.’ They won’t call you back unless you agree beforehand, and the text can be anonymous if you wish to do so. All texts are monitored 24/7, 365 days a year by their First Contact Centre.
3. Stay vigilant about money scams and fraud
We’re not a big fan of people who exploit students, but we’re aware of it happening. A common way of exploiting students is through elaborate money scams and tricks, especially when it comes to paying for university. This is why it is especially important for you to take extra care when it comes to your financial information.
Never share your bank or card details with anyone unless you trust them; never email your details to anyone, including us (or people who are pretending to be the university); watch out for messages you get like ads and emails with bad spelling and grammar; and don’t allow bank transfers from someone you don’t trust.
Popular ways of tricking students into making dodgy transfers include sending phishing emails pretending to be the Student Loans Company, third party tuition payer scams for international students, and the Money Mule scam which involves you transferring to someone else from another person whilst keeping some of the money.
Read up on this: further details of how to look out for money scams and how to avoid them can be found on the askUS website.
4. Covid-19 Safety
Being safe on and around campus is the most important thing, so be sure to take precautions and follow the guide above to ensure yours and your peers’ safety.
- Maintain a one metre distance from others and wear a face covering (unless exempt) indoors. In some teaching rooms you will be required to wear a face covering (unless exempt) due to the capacity and ventilation of the room.
- Take two lateral flow tests a week if you are coming onto campus
- Let us know if you are self-isolating or test positive for Covid-19, via our online form
We also strongly recommend you get the vaccination against Covid-19. During Welcome in September 2021 we are running an on-campus Vaccination Clinic at University House, where you can receive the first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The clinic is open weekdays from 10am-4pm until Monday 27 September. No appointment is required.
As always you can find the latest information about Covid-19 safety on our website.
5. Be aware of The Prevent Duty
The Prevent Duty is part of the The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in which all universities take every precaution to prevent students being drawn into terrorism. It helps the university to keep you and your peers safe from radicalisation and extremism.
If you notice that another student or member of staff is being radicalised, you can report it using Report and Support. Signs of radicalisation can include things like isolation from family and friends, talking as if from a scripted speech or a sudden disrespectful attitude towards others. You can find out more about these on the Act Early and Let’s Talk About It websites.
If you are personally affected by someone’s attitudes or behaviours, you can seek assistance through the university’s dedicated Wellbeing & Counselling team. On the Wellbeing and Counselling page, you can find a plethora of resources available, depending on what help you seek. You can book an appointment with an advisor or counsellor to talk about your issue, no matter how big or small, and there is also an out of hours crisis support line.