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Uni gains Secured Environments

by Mark Rowe

The University of Sunderland has gained the Secured Environments accreditation. On behalf of UK police, Perpetuity Research carried out an audit in July.

Secured Environments is for organisations – such as campuses, shopping centres and hospitals – to show that they have adopted six key principles for protecting themselves against crime.

A certification lasts for three years and confirms that a holder’s approach to security is proportionate, credible and of a high standard.

Security Manager, Colin Ferguson, said: “I am extremely proud that, not only have the team achieved this, but we have done so during a global pandemic. It demonstrates that our security is being delivered to a very high standard and shows the University to be a dedicated and professional organisation. Moreover, being audited by an external, independent assessor clearly demonstrates that the University of Sunderland is dedicated to delivering a secure and safe environment for all students, staff and visitors.

“Achieving this award has involved a collaborative approach from the Vice Chancellor [Sir David Bell], senior management and numerous colleagues who supported the security team in their endeavours, my thanks go to everyone involved.”

More in the December 2020 print edition of Professional Security magazine.


Security at Sunderland is part of the Estates and Facilities department. For more about campus safety visit the Sunderland website. Besides the everyday protection work, among the VIPs that campus security have been responsible for were PM Boris Johnson who held a Cabinet meeting on campus in January to mark the day the UK was leaving the European Union.


Image courtesy of Sunderland University.

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