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Cardiff Metropolitan University joins award-winning student safety and security initiative


Cardiff Metropolitan University was today announced as the latest university to become a Founder Member of ProtectED — the award-winning national initiative, raising standards in student safety, and security in the higher education sector.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is a pioneer, being only the second university in Wales to become a ProtectED Founder Member institution. ProtectED Founder Member is a title conferred on the first twelve 'early adopter' universities joining ProtectED. Founder Member institutions will help steer the development and roll-out of ProtectED over the coming years.


Cardiff Metropolitan University history can be traced back to 1865 when the School of Art first opened in the Old Free Library in Cardiff. It has remained rooted in Wales while providing practice-focused and professionally oriented education to students from around the globe.

Cardiff Metropolitan brings the student experience of over 11,000 learners[1] from more than 143 countries within the scope of the ProtectED Code of Practice.

ProtectED recognises that universities have a broad role to play in supporting the safety and security of their students — not only while they're on campus, but throughout their student experience. ProtectED Member institutions work towards independent assessment and accreditation against the ProtectED Code of Practice. This requires universities to have in place appropriate policies, procedures and practices that meet current best practice recommendations across a number of areas including: core institutional security; international students; student harassment and sexual assault; and the student night out. Universities can now choose to apply for each area individually, or together. In this way, a university can tailor the scheme to suit their approach to safeguarding the student experience.

ProtectED Membership thereby allows prospective students and their parents to easily identify those universities taking real action to deliver best practice in ensuring their students' safety, and security .

As a university that goes above and beyond with their innovative student support, ProtectED membership is a good fit for Cardiff Metropolitan University. Implementing their own Student Charter which proves their commitment to providing a student experience which is of a consistently high standard, which makes them an ideal addition to the ProtectED Founder Member cohort.

Image of Lisa Ravenscroft - Communications Manager ProtectED and Adrian Dennehy-Campus Protection Services Manager
Pictured Lisa Ravenscroft - Communications Manager ProtectED and Adrian Dennehy-Campus Protection Services Manager

Adrian Dennehy, Campus Protection Services Manager at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: “We know that going to university is an exciting time for students, many of whom will be living away from home for the first time. But with that comes many new experiences for young people. The safety of our students is our absolute priority which is why we’ve chosen to complete ProtectED accreditation to ensure that our students can thrive through their entire university experience.”


Brian Nuttall, Director of ProtectED CIC, said: "We are proud to welcome Cardiff Metropolitan University as a ProtectED Founder Member institution. I know that Cardiff Metropolitan University is a driver of education and social transformation, ensuring their students are supported to realise their full potential. We welcome continued commitment to ProtectED from forward-thinking universities and know Cardiff Metropolitan University will be a great asset and advocate for ProtectED. With their support, ProtectED can help ensure the safety andsecurity of students at member institutions across the UK."

Cardiff Metropolitan University joins a pioneering cohort of ProtectED Founder Member institutions that are working towards accreditation against the ProtectED Code of Practice. These universities are taking real action to meet best practice standards around student safety andsecurity to achieve the ProtectED Accredited Institution award.

Cardiff Metropolitan University will be formally welcomed into ProtectED at an Evening Reception at the House of Lords early next year hosted by Baroness Ruth Henig, ProtectED patron and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.


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Notes to editors

1. ProtectED CIC is a not-for-profit community interest company and membership organisation. ProtectED was conceptualised, researched and developed through a partnership comprising K7 Compliance and the Design Against Crime Solution Centre and Security Department at the University of Salford.

For more information on this story or to discuss ProtectED, please contact:

Lisa Ravenscroft, Communications Manager

m: +44 (0)7889 933034 e: l.ravenscroft@Protect-ED.org

For more information on ProtectED visit www.protect-ed.org

2. Cardiff Metropolitan University

Llandaff Campus , Western Avenue , Cardiff , CF5 2YB . Tel: 029 2041 6070 .

Copyright © Cardiff Metropolitan University, Registered Charity: 1140762.



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