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Personal Safety

Worcester is a relatively safe city but like with any city, you should be aware of your surroundings and take extra care when travelling alone or at night

  • Avoid walking home on your own or through unsafe/unlit areas.
  • If you go out in a group, return in a group - make sure you look out for each other.
  • Never get into an unmarked or unlicensed taxi.
  • Make sure you look after your belongings and keep them with you at all times.
  • Walking whilst on the phone or listening to a MP3 player means you are less aware of your surroundings.
  • If you are a victim of crime, make sure you report it to the Police.
  • Listen to your instincts - If you feel wary, nervous, uncomfortable or vulnerable then don’t ignore it.
  • You should never feel coerced or pressurised into doing something that you don’t want to; whether it be sex, alcohol, drugs or crime…

NB: This is the same for men and women - Women feel most nervous walking down the street yet men are more likely to be victims of mugging.

Riding a Bicycle whist working or studying at university

If you ride a bike whilst working or studying at University of Worcester you must follow the rules laid down in the Highway Code, Please be aware of the following important points about riding safe:

  • Wear appropriate clothing that enable other road users to see you.
  • Wear a cycle helmet.
  • When riding on the road you must obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
  • Only cycle on pavement where there are special signs allowing you to do so.
  • Do not ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner.
  • You must have front and rear lights fitter for riding at night.

The University offers staff and students the opportunity to participate in the Bike Load Scheme if they wish to cycle to and from university and between campuses. There are also a number of facilities on the St Johns, City and riverside Campuses to accommodate for Cyclists.

For more help and advice on personal safety visit the Student Services page.