We’re pleased to announce the University of Salford has just become the founder member of ProtectED. The institution was awarded the certification at a special evening reception in the House of Lords earlier this week (Monday 19 March). The event, hosted by longstanding Labour politician, academic and ProtectED patron Baroness Ruth Henig, focused on safety, security and wellbeing in higher education and was attended by university representatives from across the UK, as well as policy changers and partner organisations.
Upon receiving the certificate of membership, University of Salford Dean of School of Arts and Media Professor Allan Walker said: “The University of Salford is very proud to become the founder member of ProtectED. I think we’re witnessing something historic here today as I’m sure this initiative will continue to grow and grow. ProtectED is in line with so many of the major challenges we face in society today – you only need to look at the growing momentum around tackling sexual harassment in the media to know the time to act is now.”
The scheme offers an entirely different outlook on studying at university; academic excellence can never truly flourish unless we look at the whole student experience, including the wellbeing and safety of our students.”
The ProtectED Code of Practice and accreditation scheme is the result of three years of research, design and development by a multidisciplinary team of academics, university security services staff and external industry experts. The initiative assesses institutions wishing to be accredited across five key areas – core institutional safety and security, student wellbeing and mental health, international students, student harassment and sexual assault, and ‘the student night out’.