Your health and safety
We are committed to providing a safe and healthy University, where staff and
students work proactively and collaboratively to improve health, safety and
We think it is important to include health and safety education into curricular and
extra-curricular learning, so that you can develop knowledge and skills on
health and safety risk management that will be important for your future life
Where to go for help or information
Accidents and incidents
Contact the Patrol/Security Staff or a first aider if you have an accident and require first aid.
Accidents or unsafe incidents should be reported by completing a health and safety incident form
and sending it to the Health and Safety Advisory Service. Patrol/Security Staff can help you complete the form.
If you have questions or concerns about health and safety relating to your
studies, first speak to your academic supervisor. Each department also has a Health
and Safety Liaison Officer (HSLO) or Departmental Health and Safety Officer
General health and safety enquiries
Your responsibilities under the University’s
University's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy are to:
- look your own own health and safety and the safety of others who may be
affected by your actions while on the University's campuses or carrying out
activities under the supervision of the University and its subsidiary companies
- follow the University's and your department's health and safety standards
and requirement (including those relating to University residences). You must
also follow instructions given to you by a member of staff for your health and
- report any health and safety incidents or concerns related to academic or
University premises (including accidents, ill-health, premises hazards) in
accordance with their departmental and University procedures
- take part in any health and safety training which the University, your
department or your academic supervisor believes is necessary
- not intentionally interfere with or misuse anything provided for fire or
health and safety protection
Fire safety tips
Whether you're frying breakfast or straightening your hair, – if you're
living in University-provided accommodation or off-campus in a shared flat, it's
important to know how to stay safe to avoid fire hazards.
The use of candles, tea lights, joss sticks and aromatic burners are not
permitted because they are a fire risk. They can set off overhead heat or smoke
A major cause of fires in residences is cooking so please:
- Do not leave your cooking unattended.
- Clean grill pans and cookers to keep them free from fat and food debris,
which can be sources of ignition.
- Read instructions on pre-packed food. Food wrappings which are not removed
before cooking can create a fire hazard.
- Do not wedge doors open, and report any door that fails to close fully to
the Accommodation Office. All doors in residences are fitted with self-closing
mechanisms and the doors are designed to prevent the spread of smoke and fire
for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Avoid false alarms: keep kitchen and shower doors closed and do not use
aerosol sprays near the overhead heat or smoke detectors to avoid setting them
off. The detectors in the kitchens are activated by heat and not smoke.
- Please take time to
electrical safety guidance as the University has strict rules on the use of