Student HelpZones launch

Today (Tuesday 20 October) sees the launch of Police Scotland’s Student HelpZone initiative in the Glasgow area. Some shops and businesses will offer temporary sanctuary in emergencies.

Image of the Student HelpZone logoThe initiative relies on local businesses providing services to support the student community. The University of Glasgow is taking part in the scheme, in addition to all the other student support services on offer on our campuses.

Student Help Zones provide basic assistance to students when required and are a place for any student who feels vulnerable, unwell or has been victim of a crime and/or in need of assistance. Shops and businesses offering the service are identified by a prominently displayed logo.

A Student Help Zone will allow the student to stay within the premises within the normal business hours until the cause of the vulnerability goes away, or the HelpZone will call a taxi or the emergency services for the student if they are unable to do so themselves.

Find out more at: Student HelpZone 

The University's own campus security numbers are:

Gilmorehill: 4444
Garscube: 2222

The Student HelpZones are not:

  • A replacement for an emergency service.
  • To provide any other assistance other than providing a genuinely vulnerable student with shelter, calling them a taxi or the emergency services.
  • A place to shelter out of bad weather or a taxi rank!

Local businesses have very kindly provided their services to help the student community. The student community have been asked that this generosity is respected and not abused.

Contact Numbers

In an emergency you should always call Campus Security or the emergency services on 999.

In non-emergencies you can call:

  • Police on 101
  • NHS on 111
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue on 0141 887 1188


First published: 20 October 2015

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