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Student safety

As the days get shorter and winter approaches, keep these tips in mind for staying safe on the roads, in the local area and on campus.

Safety on the roads

When cycling:

  • Wear reflective/fluorescent clothing and a cycle helmet
  • Use white front and red rear lights and a red rear reflector
  • Obey traffic lights and don't use mobile phones whilst cycling
  • Ensure your bike is regularly maintained - there is a cycle repair and maintenance service in the Piazza every Friday, from 10am to 4pm

As a pedestrian:

  • Find a place to cross with a clear view of the road if there is no pedestrian crossing available
  • Walk on the side of the road facing the traffic if there is no pavement
  • If you have to step into the road, always look both ways first
  • Don't be distracted or use mobile phones whilst crossing the road

Safety walking in the local area

  • Think about the journey you are about to take and what route you will follow
  • Stay on busy, well-lit main roads, whenever possible, avoiding dark and secluded alleyways and short-cuts
  • Avoid walking on your own – especially at night – walk with others or use public transport
  • Only carry what you need – laptops and expensive phones can be targetted by criminals
  • Be aware of your surroundings – don’t walk whilst using your phone, take headphones off and be aware of who and what is around you

Safety and advice from the police:

Check out West Midlands Police's Safer Students campaign, where you can find out more about staying safe on nights out, at home, online or when using transport. There are links and resources for those concerned about hate crime, extremism, consent, rape and sexual violence.

If you have any concerns about your personal safety, talk to the Campus Security team or the Police.