Stay safe on and off campus
At Aston we take the safety of our students and staff very seriously. That’s why we invest in security technology, train our staff to provide practical safety advice and support, and maintain excellent relationships with local police.
We recognise the great achievements of our staff through the annual Security Awards programme offering awards in ‘Courage and Professionalism’ and ‘Outstanding Continuous Performance.’
Whether it’s your first time in a big city, or you know your surroundings very well, your safety is important.
Here are some tips on keeping you and your belongings safe when out and about.
If you see any suspicious activity, please contact Campus Safety on 0121 204 4803/7 or 0121 359 2922.
Project Servator is a partnership with West Midlands Police and aims to deter, detect and disrupt a range of criminal activity, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.
It sees highly-visible yet unpredictable police deployments in and around campus and Birmingham. They can happen anywhere and at any time.
They involve both uniformed and plain-clothed officers, supported by a range of other resources such as armed officers, police dogs, vehicle check-points, a network of CCTV cameras, security staff and retailers we work in partnership with.
One of the key elements of Project Servator is unpredictability, so don’t be surprised if you see police officers pop up at various times and locations across the campus.
If you need to report an incident on campus, Aston University Campus Safety Team are available 24/7 and 365 days a year. No matter how large or small, the Campus Safety Team are here to help you.
You can also contact the Hub on 0121 204 4007.
For general enquiries: internal (4803) university switchboard (0121 204 0300).
For emergencies dial 999, and then contact Campus Safety on 0121 359 2922 (open 24 hours).
For non-emergencies dial West Midlands Police 101 or register for live chat (non-emergency).
SafeZone is designed to ensure the safety of both students and staff around campus. You can be easily connected with the members of the Aston Security team to enhance personal safety, security and wellbeing.
Our control room operates an extensive, state-of-the-art CCTV network. Our operators are trained in operational needs, Data Protection Law, the Human Rights Act and equipped with personal body cameras.
As a public body, the University may receive requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Requests are dealt with by the Freedom of Information Coordinator and Registry.
Data Protection policies
Cyclists can join our Aston University Bicycle User Group (AstBug). It is free to join and membership benefits include:
For health and safety reasons, no cycles can be taken in to any of our buildings. However we have a number of secure bike shelters throughout the campus and in combination with CCTV and a good ‘D’ lock, your bike will be secure.
For those who drink alcohol and when you are out with friends, it is important to keep in control.
Aston University has a strict zero-tolerance to the use of illegal drugs and for students involved in illegal drugs activity, disciplinary action will be taken.
Disciplinary action can result in fines, suspension from studies and expulsion from University.
A drug conviction, even a caution, can seriously restrict your eligibility for certain careers and foreign travel.
For more information and advice on drink and drugs visit:
|What's happening?||Over the summer ’23 period, we will be implementing access control speed gates into the Main Building on campus. They will be operational from September 2023 for the start of term which means from this point, all students and members of staff will have to use their staff I.D. card to enter the building.|
|Why are the University doing this?||The safety and security of all who visit, work and study at the University is our utmost priority. Being able to control who can enter our buildings means we can keep everyone safe and ensure that necessary and proportionate security measures are in place.|
|Are the gates replacing physical security staff?||While the task of checking I.D. card will now be automated via the speed gates, a security staff member will remain available on the ground floor area to support students, members of staff and visitors.|
|Will my existing I.D. card work with the gates?||Yes, you will continue to use your current I.D. card.|
|What happens if I forget my I.D. card?||All staff should remember to bring their I.D. card with them as access to our buildings is often controlled using your I.D. card and not having this with you could cause you delays in entry or restricted access to certain areas. If you forget your I.D. card or it is not working then please speak to the front of house team or reception who will be able to assist you.|
|Do visitors still need to report to reception?||Yes, visitors will need to continue to report to reception.|
|What happens in the case of a major incident||All of the new speed gates will be equipped with emergency features that allow them to be easily bypassed, if need be, but also come with tailgating detection to stop any unauthorised entrants from following others through a gate.|
|What about accessibility?||For accessibility purposes, we are implementing a larger speed gate that will allow wheelchairs or other mobility devices to pass through quickly and securely.|
|Are speed gates being implemented in any other building on campus?||Speed gates are only being implemented in the Main Building at this time. They are already in use in the library and utilisation in other buildings will be regularly under review.|
|What happens during busy times?||The gates are bidirectional and can be switched between ‘in’ and ‘out’ so during busy times, staff can change these accordingly. Reception and security will monitor the flow and will open the gates to increase capacity should it be required.|