Whose campus, whose security?

Report on students' views on, and experiences of, security services and policing on UK university campuses.

graphic of security staff and students

Authors: Remi Joseph-Salisbury, Laura Connelly, Kerry Pimblott, Siobhan O’Neill, and Harry Taylor.

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Our report, 'Whose campus, whose security?' provides the first empirical account of students’ views on, and experiences with, security services and police on UK university campuses. It reveals that despite security staff being a common sight on university campuses, only one third (30.8%) of students surveyed agreed that they keep students safe on campus. The report follows a series of high-profile and controversial incidents involving campus security services and police and students at UK universities. Students raised concerns about racial profiling, gender-based violence, mental health, student activism and the way universities responded to complaints.