Being aware of your surroundings, avoiding walking alone after dark and ensuring friends know your whereabouts are all on this list of general safety and security advice designed to keep you safe

We have well-established and good relations with local neighbourhood police and we are lucky to have open and welcoming campuses where students, staff and visitors can enjoy a safe and secure environment. 

We want you to have a successful and enjoyable time at the University of Greenwich. To do this it is important that you take some simple precautions to ensure that you stay safe and together we can keep our campuses safe.

The advice below is a reminder of the things that you can do to help keep everyone safe.

On campus (academic and residences):

  • Wear your University of Greenwich ID at all times while on campus. 
  • Be vigilant and remain alert at all times, reporting any suspicious activity or persons to campus security immediately. It's better to be safe than sorry. Security is available 24/7. Please refer to campus specific emergency contact numbers below.
  • Where access control is in operation do not let others tailgate you in to buildings. Ensure doors shut behind you. If doors/systems are not working report this immediately via campus Facilities Management help desks.
  • Beware of the opportunist thief. We are aware of recent incidents where staff and students have left items of value (laptops, mobile phones, wallets, handbags etc.) unattended in libraries, classrooms, cafes etc. Never leave bags or personal belongings unattended. Not only could this create a security incident but your belongings might no longer be there when you return, remove the temptation.
  • Always try to keep your keys on your person and not in your bag. This will ensure that if your bag is stolen you will still have your keys. Never attach your address to your keys or place your keys in the same place as your address. 
  • When leaving offices and classrooms please close windows that have been opened (particularly on the ground floor) and doors locked where you are able to. This applies to residences too, including balcony doors.
  • Cars, motorbikes and bikes are left at the owners' risk. Ensure locks are on and working, valuables are not on display and relevant insurances are in place. In respect to bike security please find further information from the Metropolitan Police on How safe is your bike?  
  • If you feel it necessary to work late, plan your journey home. If you are found sleeping on campus you may be required to leave

Personal security:

  • Don't allow technology to make you unaware of your surroundings. Headphones on or staring at your smartphone can make you lose track of what is going on around you.
  • Students should share their timetabling schedule with family and/or a network of close friends. Make sure they have all the numbers they need to get in contact with you.
  • Staff should inform colleagues of their whereabouts if they are leaving the office for a number of hours or going off site.  
  • Try and avoid walking alone at night, if it is unavoidable, keep to well-lit main roads.
  • Use the security features on your phone. Ensure that you have a password lock to access the phone. Switch on features that allow you to remotely track your phone, potentially wipe data, lock your phone, and/or prevent a thief from restoring factory settings.
  • Consider registering your property on the Immobilise register. This will assist you in the recovery of stolen items. The service is free and numerous British Police forces are linked to the service.
  • Staff should familiarise themselves with the University's Code of Practice advice on Lone Working.
  • Don't flaunt expensive phones, large sums of cash, expensive jewellery etc. Such actions may provide temptation to a thief. Watch what you "advertise" on social media.
  • Remember the advice Run, Hide, Tell  from the Police on what to do if involved in a serious incident. Escape is the primary objective if you become involved in a dangerous situation. Do not attempt a physical confrontation. Plan how you would escape or hide if you needed to. Make sure you know all your exits. Consider what routes you could take, and where you could go to get to safety.
  • Always include emergency numbers in your mobile phone's contact list for easy access.
  • In the event of hearing a fire alarm sounding – leave the building immediately and report to the fire assembly point (other than for published fire alarm checks)
  • If you feel you would be physically unable to evacuate a building during a fire alarm you must obtain a (PEP) Personal Evacuation Plan (from your Manager or tutor)
  • To contact a first aider, please see the local names and numbers on the nearest wall-mounted First Aid poster or call security.

Reporting leads to prevention

If you are involved in an incident (or a near miss), report it immediately and fill in an online incident management form . It is essential that you report any incident that occurs so that the university can act and investigate, see here more information on how to use our reporting system.

Please be assured the university takes its responsibilities for staff and student safety very seriously and keeps its general security, emergency response and business continuity arrangements under review but we all need to work together to ensure a safe and secure environment for all. 

If you have any questions or comments about security at the university, please contact Paul Nicholson-Lewis, Head of Facilities and Operations in the Directorate of Estates and Facilities Management x8063

Campus specific emergency contact numbers:
Avery Hill 
Southwood and Mansion
020 8331 9101 (24/7)
020 8331 7575 (contact Avery Hill out of hours)
East Gate   
Stockwell Street   
Cooper Building 
Hamilton House 
020 8331 7695 (24/7)
020 8331 8429 (24/7)
020 8331 7629 (contact East Gate out of hours)
020 8331 7574 (contact East Gate out of hours)
Gatehouse01634 883 333 (24/7)