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Universities have a duty of care to safeguard children, young people and adults at risk of harm and exploitation during the course of any activity relating to the University.

The University of London is committed to ensuring the safety of everyone involved in its activities and aims to provide a safe environment for all students and staff studying and working at the University and for all visitors to its facilities.

Students, staff and visitors to the University have the right to learn and work in a positive environment that is free from harm and all forms of prejudice, harassment, discrimination and bullying.

Safeguarding Policy 

The University of London’s Safeguarding Policy details our approach to Safeguarding and can be found here: 

Reporting a Safeguarding Concern

If you wish to report a safeguarding concern, you may:

  1. email directly with your concern,
  2. or complete and email the reporting form that can be found here:  

Who to email

You should email (please note this email is monitored by the safeguarding leads identified below and your concern may be passed to the relevant designated safeguarding officer).  If you would rather the concern was not passed to a Designated Safeguarding Officer please let us know.

Designated Safeguarding Officers

  • Student accommodation & Safeguarding lead: Dr Adrian Clark – Student Health and Wellbeing manager
  • Teaching / Careers Group – Tim Wade – Director of Student Services (University of London Worldwide)
  • ULIP – Tim Gore (in collaboration with QMUL as appropriate)
  • Research and Libraries – Elaine Walters – Director of Operations – School of Advanced Study (SAS)
  • Staff and Professional Services – Simon Cain – Director of Human Resources
  • Visitors and 3rd parties – Glenn Marree – Director of Estates Operations
  • Designated Safeguarding lead - Matthew Grigson, Director of Governance, Policy & Compliance

The Prevent duty

Our approach to Prevent is primarily one of safeguarding the welfare of our students and staff. We also balance the duty against our commitment to freedom of speech and other key legislation.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (CTSA) creates a  statutory duty for specified public authorities (including universities) to "have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". Prevent is one of four strands of the government's counter-terrorism strategy. Compliance by universities with the duty in England is monitored by the Office for Students (OfS).

Government Guidance surrounding Prevent requires that universities have in place policies for external speakers and events, the training of staff, welfare and pastoral care, and IT usage. It also makes clear that the approach to Prevent should be reasonable and proportionate.

More Prevent Duty resources

Suicide prevention

We are a member of the Zero Suicide Alliance and are committed to ensuring that students and staff at the University of London are as suicide-safe as possible. Our Suicide Prevention Plan outlines the action were are taking to achieve this aim.

Our overarching suicide-prevention objectives are to:

  • Take a whole-university approach to mental health and create compassionate communities of students and staff where people feel empowered to disclose mental health difficulties, free from stigma.
  • Ensure that people experiencing difficulties are identified early and that staff are trained and enabled to respond appropriately.
  • Develop strong pathways to respond in the event of a suicide affecting the University community, including support for the bereaved and suicide postvention.
  • View our Suicide Prevention Plan [PDF]

How to contact us

Implementation of the University of London's approach is co-ordinated by the Central Secretariat. The Designated Safeguarding Lead and Prevent Lead is the University Secretary.

If you have a concern about someone, or would like to know more about the University of London's approach, please contact Adrian Clark, Student Health and Wellbeing Manager