Strathclyde Telegraph

University supports student ‘Safe Zones’

 

By Mat Johnstone, News Editor

 

The Student’s Union welcomes new Student ‘Safe Zones’ being set up around Glasgow.

Launched by Police Scotland, the ‘safe zones’ are aimed at making students feel safer when commuting and travelling around campus.

Zones will be located along busy routes to university, and will provide assistance and shelter to students who do not feel safe.

Local businesses who are part of the scheme will function as ‘safe zones’ were students can go if they feel they are in danger. From there, students can call friends or taxis, or wait until the danger has passed.

Chief Inspector Hilary Sloan said: “Unfortunately, students, some unfamiliar with the city, can often be targeted by opportunistic thieves.”

“The Help Zones are not a replacement for the emergency services, they are locations to assist students by providing shelter and facilities.”

Gary Paterson, President of the University of Strathclyde’s Student Union, said: “We are delighted to support this innovative initiative from Police Scotland, the safety of students on our campus and across our city need particular attention and focus, and providing helpful spaces where students can approach trusted bodies for support will go a long way to keeping Glasgow safe and student friendly.”

Dr Veena O’Halloran, the University of Strathclyde’s Director of Student Experience and Enhancement Services, said: “At the University of Strathclyde, we take the welfare of our students very seriously and we work hard to ensure their safety and security on campus.”

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