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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Student safety

Ensuring Durham University is a safe place to live, work and study

We take the safety and well being of our students seriously and work closely with Durham Constabulary to foster good links with the Police and local community. Police Community Support Officer Sean Tindale (PCSO 8202), is Durham Constabulary's Police University Liaison Officer working alongside PC Gary Thompson. They visit each of the Colleges during Induction Week to offer advice and information on how to keep yourself and your property safe.

Find out more about the role of Police University Liaison Offer as PC Tindale introduces himself and welcomes you to Durham here.

Personal responsibility

Durham University is a safe place to live, work and study. The university is a partner on Durham's City Safety Group, working closely with Durham County Council, Durham Constabulary, Student's Union and Durham Cathedral to ensure the city is a safe and welcoming environment.

Durham University is an adult learning environment. As well as taking responsibility for your studies, it is important that you are also responsible for your own safety and encourage others to do the same.

A fun social life is all part of the university experience and we can provide advice on how to stay safe and support through our colleges and central student support departments, but it is down to the individual to put this into practice.

Our key advice is as follows:

  • If you choose to drink alcohol, please do so responsibly
  • Always plan how you will get home before going out
  • Take safe routes home avoiding the river
  • Look after your friends and stick together when walking home