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Worcester Named Second Safest Place to Study in West Midlands

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The University of Worcester has been named the second safest place to study in the West Midlands according to a new league table published today. [Tuesday, June 19]

The Complete University Guide has published crime figures for all universities in England and Wales. Official data for crimes affecting students are not available, so The Complete University Guide has selected three crimes as most relevant to students, namely burglary, robbery and violent crime. The ranking is based on the cumulative rate of all three crimes.

Worcester is highlighted in the table as the second safest place to study in the West Midlands, with one of the lowest incidence of student-relevant crime within three miles of its campus. In first place is Keele, whose campus is in a rural part of north Staffordshire.

Vice Chancellor Professor David Green, said: “Worcester is shown in this table to be a safe destination with very low levels of crime. But we are not complacent and are always working to make improvements together with the police.

“As a campus university, our sites provide a welcoming and secure environment for all students. Academic and leisure facilities are all within easy walking distance and most of our halls of residence are right on campus. There are a number of CCTV cameras on site and security staff are on duty 24 hours a day.”

Superintendent Steve Cullen, policing commander for South Worcestershire, said: "We are privileged to police such a safe, diverse and cohesive city of Worcester. It is a thanks to our local policing team and the on-site staff working closely together that the University has been recognised as a safe place to study.

"The introduction of accredited wardens alongside a number of 'staysafe' initiatives have contributed to keeping crime and disorder low. Recognising the University's importance to the city, West Mercia Police remains committed to engaging with young people and supporting a vibrant, growing university.”