We want you to enjoy your time here and have a great student experience. 

Aston is a safe campus to live and study and we have a number of systems in place to ensure your safety, security and wellbeing are protected. Student safety is a priority for Aston University and the outstanding service by Aston’s Security Team is recognised through the award of ‘Security Team of the Year 2019’ by AUCSO (Association of University Chief Security Officers).

Staying safe and reporting any incidents is the shared responsibility of our whole community and there are some simple steps you can follow to give you extra vigilance and peace of mind.
What We Do
  • Carry out regular patrols of the campus, residential buildings, departments and academic areas 24/7 to maintain a safe, secure environment.
  • Respond, manage and monitor all emergency situations, fire alarms, panic/intruder alarms on campus.
  • Respond to first aid requests (all officers are trained to defibrillator level).
  • Provide crime prevention advice, welfare support and suicide intervention.
  •  Undertake out of hours maintenance, risk assessments, security surveys and regular reassurance patrols of the campus to maintain a safe environment.
  • Offer advice and support for visiting VIPS, authorised contractors, organised campus events and support the Students’ Union with security advice and event management.
  • Support our students when required in matters of security, welfare, crime prevention, safety and much more.
  • Manage campus car parks, allocate parking for visitors (including VIPs), provide access for deliveries and maintain safe traffic management for authorised vehicles entering our campus
  • Monitor access across campus including academic and residential buildings; ensuring unauthorised persons are not granted access.
  • Offer crime prevention advice to reduce further the already low rate of crime across the campus, monitor a Lost and Found service at our Security Control Room.

We recognise the great achievements of our staff through the annual Security Awards programme offering awards in ‘Courage and Professionalism’ and ‘Outstanding Continuous Performance.’

Meet the Campus Safety Management Team

Anton Menzies

Head of Security

Ext: 4804

Email: a.menzies@aston.ac.uk

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Caroline Bluck

Security Operations Manager

Ext: 4269

Email: C.R.Bluck@aston.ac.uk

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The Department is made up of 4 teams of 6 to ensure continuous operational needs are met.

Each team headed up by a Team Leader, supported by a Control Room Operator, 2 Security Officers and a Patrol Officer.

  • A Shift: Headed up by M. Malkin
  • B Shift: Headed up by F. Khan
  • C Shift: Headed up by C. McKen
  • D Shift: Headed up by J. Malkin
Staying Safe in Birmingham

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 have to walk alone at night take extra care. Stay on roads that are well lit, relatively busy and avoid short cuts that involve alleyways or walkways across parks or commons with poor lighting.
  • Plan your route in advance.
  • Don’t use your mobile phone or headphones whilst walking alone. This impacts on your senses that alert you to danger and advertises your vulnerability. Keep them hidden away.
  • If you are carrying a bag, try to have it across your chest and keep your hand over the fastening.
  • Never leave your bags or other valuables unattended in public places.
  • Don’t carry important documents or credit cards that you don’t need.
  • Only take your purse or wallet out when you need to and be discreet with your belongings - displaying expensive jewellery or electronic devices, like mobile phones or cameras, could attract unwanted attention
  • If you think you are being followed, cross the road or go into a shop and stay there until you are sure you are safe.

If you see any suspicious activity, please contact Security on 0121 204 4803 or 0121 359 2922.

Project Servator

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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.


Reporting incidents

If you need to report an incident on campus, Aston University Security Team are available 24/7 and 365 days a year. No matter how large or small, the Security Team are here to help you.

  • Telephone: 0121 204 4803 or direct 24 hour line 0121 359 2922.
  • Email: security@aston.ac.uk
  • Where to find us: to the right of the university reception in the Main Building. 

You can also contact the Hub on 0121 204 4007.

For general enquiries: internal (4803) university switchboard (0121 204 0300).

West Midlands Police

For emergencies dial 999, and then contact Security on 0121 359 2922 (open 24 hours).

For non-emergencies dial West Midlands Police 101 or register for live chat (non-emergency).


Find out more about SafeZone, our new security app.

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You can find out more about SafeZone’s features at http://www.safezoneapp.com/


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. 

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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.

In 2015 the University worked alongside the Surveillance Camera Commissioner to trial an assessment tool to ensure we met Government guidelines. Aston was the first University in the UK to achieve the SCC Certificate of Compliance. 

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  • To view the University's CCTV Code of Practice, please click here.
  • To view the locations of public space CCTV cameras please click here.
  • To read the University's guidelines on drug and alcohol misuse please click here.
  • To view the data protection policy statement please click here.

Data Protection policies


Cyclists can join our Aston University Bicycle User Group (AstBug). It is free to join and membership benefits include:

  • Subsidised ‘D’ locks for £10
  • Changing facilities and lockers
  • 50% discount on the Brompton Bike Hire scheme
  • Free security bike marking facility through Bike Register

Cycle Security

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.

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Drinks and Drugs

For those who drink alcohol and when you are out with friends, it is important to keep in control.

  • Always eat before you go out to drink.
  • Know your limits and stick to them.
  • Alternate between your alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Try not to get into rounds. They make it harder to control how much you drink.
  • Drink a glass of water when you get home.

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:

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

Due to recent measles outbreaks in the UK it's important to check that you're up to date with your vaccinations whilst at university. MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against three separate illnesses - measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) in a single injection. The full course of MMR vaccines requires two doses.


Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. Measles is unpleasant but will usually pass within about 7-10 days without causing further problems. Measles can be prevented by having the MMR vaccine.

You can catch measles by:
  • Breathing in droplets when people cough or sneeze
  • Touching a surface the droplets have settled on then placing your hands near your face or mouth

People with measles are infectious from when the symptoms develop until about four days after the rash appears.


The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after you're infected and can include:

  • Cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing and a cough
  • Sore, red eyes that my ne sensitive tolight
  • A high temperature (fever) which may reach around 40C (104F)
  • Small greyish-white spots on the inside of cheeks

A few days later, a red-brown blotchy rash will appear. This usually startson the head or upper neck before spreading outwards to the rest of the body.

Treatment for measles

You can relieve symptoms by:

  • Using painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol to relieve fever, aches and pain
  • Drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Closing the curtains to reduce light sensitivity
  • Using damp cotton wool to clean the eyes
  • Staying off university or work for at least four says from when the rash first appears

If you’re worried that you may have symptoms of measles call your GP or NHS 111 for advice.


Mumps is a contagious viral infection most recognisable by the painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears. Mumps usually passes without causing serious damage to a person's health. Serious complications are rare, although it can cause deafness and meningitis.

You can catch mumps:
  • Through infected droplets of saliva that can be inhaled or picked up from surfaces and transferred into the moth or nose direct contact with an infected person

If you suspect you have mumps, contact your GP and try to avoid direct contact with others for at least five days after the swellings appear.


Other general symptoms often develop a few days before the glands swell, including: headache, joint pain, feeling sick, dry mouth, mild abdominal pain, feeling tired, loss of appetite, and a high temperature of 38C or above.

If you have mumps you can help prevent it spreading by:
  • Regularly washing your hands with soap
  • Using and disposing of tissues when you sneeze
  • Avoiding universityor work for at least five days after your symptoms first develop
Treatment for mumps

There is no sure for mumps but the infection should pass within one to two weeks.

You can relieve symptoms by:

  • Getting plenty of bed rest and fluids
  • Using painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol
  • Applying a warm or cool compress to the swollen glands

If you’re worried that you may have symptoms of mumps call your GP or NHS 111 for advice.

Rubella (German measles)

Rubellais a rare illness but about as infectious as flu. Although rubella is a mild disease, if caught by pregnant women it can cause serious harm to the unborn baby.

You can catch rubella
  • Breathing in droplets when people cough or sneeze
  • Touching a surface the droplets have settled on then placing your hands near your face or mouth
  • Red or pick spotty rash
  • Aching fingers, wrists or knees
  • A high temperature of 38C or above coughs
  • Sneezing and a runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Sore, red eyes
Treatment for rubella
  • Getting plenty of bed rest and fluids
  • Using painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol

If you’re worried that you may have symptoms of rubella call your GP or NHS 111 for advice.

MMR vaccine

The most effective way of preventing measles and mumps is the MMR vaccine, which also provides protection against rubella. The success of the MMR vaccine means that, in the UK, cases of measles and mumps are rare. If you're aged 15-25 years you may have missed out on the MMR vaccine when you were younger. If you've not already received the MMR vaccinations contact your own GP to arrange a vaccination as soon as possible.

If you’re worried that you may have symptoms of measles or mumps call your GP or NHS 111 for advice. You can find our more informationfrom the NHS website or read the NHS leaflets about measles or mumps and the MMR vaccine.

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Security Team of the Year 2018

For outstanding service, the Security Team are recognised through the award of ‘Security Team of the Year 2018’ by AUCSO (Association of University Chief Security Officers).

AUCSO is the leading organisation for security professionals working in higher and further education in the UK and Europe.

Aston University Security is a dedicated, professional and experienced department, here to help day and night, every day of the year. The team provide reassurance to students, staff and visitors and much more. Our control room is staffed 24/7, 365 days of the year to provide our staff, students and visitors with the safest possible place to live, work or visit.