Defibrillators (AED)

Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) devices have been installed throughout the University campuses for use in emergency situations. They are easy to operate by any person with or without training. They are used when a casualty has a serious cardiac rhythm disturbance causing unconsciousness, such as a heart attack.

If you need an AED

  1. Go to the nearest AED (See AED Locations)
  2. Call campus securitycampus securitycampus security using the contact number listed on the AED cabinet or 999 to make them aware of the incident and to be given the security code to access the AED
  3. Follow the spoken instructions given by the AED (See AED Instruction Videos)
  4. Ambulance arrives

When to use an AED

An AED is built to conduct an initial assessment on the casualty. Once it has been setup correctly, the AED will automatically assess whether a shock is required and will not initiate this unless the casualty is experiencing a serious cardiac rhythm disturbance. 

Completing a Primary Survey on the casualty is a quick way to identify if an AED is required and a training video is available online.

AED locations


Campus location AED location 
Square 3 Located inside Security and Safety Centre 
Square 5 Located outside on Square 5, behind Extra Store
Essex Sport Arena Located inside Sports Arena outside First Aid Room
Sports Centre Located inside Sports Centre outside First Aid Room
Outdoor Sports Courts Located outside near to entrance of football and tennis courts
Sports Pavilion Located outside by main changing rooms next to playing fields
William Morris tower Located outside next to entrance to William Morris Tower, near North Towers car park
 South Courts Student Accommodation Located outside on wall of Accommodation Office 
The Copse Student Accommodation
Located outside beside Derwent FM Office
University Quays Student Accommodation
Located outside beside entrance to laundrette 


Campus location AED location
Gateway building Located inside building in the main reception
University square Located inside building in the common room
Clifftown Theatre Located inside building in main reception area


Campus location AED location
Corbett Theatre
Located inside building in foyer
 Roding House Located inside building in main reception

Do you have to be trained to use a defibrillator?

No – the defibrillator will guide you through what to do with simple voice instructions and visual prompts. Anyone can safely use a defibrillator. Do not wait for the emergency services to arrive to start treating the casualty.

Are defibrillators easy to use?

Yes - All makes of defibrillator will provide voice instructions or visual prompts instructing you what to do, from performing CPR to attaching the pads.

Any defibrillator can be used by anyone with no training.