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Team of the year

The University of Leicester Security Team was named the Security Team of the year at the Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) Annual Conference and Awards, at Southampton Solent University over the Easter vacation.

AUCSO is a UK-based body for security professionals in Higher and Further Education. Also nominated were the University of Bristol, the campus of the 600th anniversary of the Jagiellonian university revival (Krakow, Poland), Kingston University, the University of Surrey, and Southampton Solent.

During 2017 the Leicester team dealt with several major incidents, including flood and fire, and assisted police with the arrest of a serious offender. The uni points to a recent staff survey, where 93pc of staff said that they feel safe and secure in their working environment. Aucso judges heard how the officers have been flexible in their approach, have gone above and beyond the requirements of their job, and demonstrated a ‘can-do’ attitude. The university has acknowledged what an integral role security staff play, by giving the security team an award in the uni’s own annual awards.

Brita Sread, Director of Estates and Campus Services said: “This is a wonderful recognition of the professionalism, hard work and dedication of a group of people who look after our staff and students round the clock, rain, wind or shine. I’m delighted that they have been recognised for this.”

Pictured from left at the presentation during a dinner at the three-day conference are the new chairman of Aucso, Trevor Jones, Head of Security at the University of Salford; Fran Beever, Team Leader; and Jeana Frid, Control Room Operator. Also there was Laurence Perkins, Head of Security at Leicester.

For the other uni and individual awards on the night, visit the Aucso website.


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