Securitas awarded ten-year security solutions partnership with University of Hertfordshire

Securitas has begun a ten-year security solutions partnership with the University of Hertfordshire

Securitas has begun a ten-year security solutions partnership with the University of Hertfordshire

Securitas has begun a “groundbreaking” ten-year partnership centred on providing security and reception services for the University of Hertfordshire. The partnership contract – which is worth a substantial £31 million across the decade-long period – was awarded as part of a long-term initiative that will see the organisations working closely together, improving services and saving the popular Hatfield-based academic institution around £500,000 per annum over the decade.

Securitas has pledged around £1 million worth of technical investment, including Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), a visitor management system, computerised radio communications and a Learning Resource Centre access control system, all of which are specifically designed to improve levels of service for the staff, students and visitors at the University of Hertfordshire.

The technology investment will be strategically implemented to provide three impact dates – namely April 2015, September 2015 and January 2016 – that mirror key milestones in the academic cycle.

Growing the education portfolio

David Pike, national account manager for the education sector at Securitas, stated: “This partnership is a really important step for Securitas as we look to grow our education portfolio. It’s the first time a university has committed to a ten-year partnership, and we’re absolutely delighted the University of Hertfordshire has chosen Securitas as its long-term security solutions partner. The solutions we’re putting in place are designed to assist the university in enhancing the student and staff experience. ”

Security guarding solutions are part of the contract's deliverables

Security guarding solutions are part of the contract’s deliverables

Securitas officers will provide manned and mobile guarding solutions, support to students in residence, ANPR and car park monitoring and visitor management systems including access control barriers.

Securitas will also provide the university’s students with up to 70 positions worldwide, including short-term contracts, placements and work experience. Existing university receptionists will now transfer to Securitas contracts which include TUPE and pension provisions.

“Within the first five years of the contract,” asserted Pike, “we have pledged to ensure the university attains a position in the Top Five when it comes to the list of the safest UK universities as published within the Complete University Guide.”

Student experience and employability

Andrew May, director of estates and hospitality at the University of Hertfordshire, told Risk UK: “We are the UK’s leading business-facing university with aspirations to be internationally renowned, and we’re delighted to be working so closely with Securitas. In today’s Higher Education environment, student experience and employability are key. The partnership we have agreed with Securitas will respond very positively to these major drivers.”

Also speaking about the new contract, Securitas Country President Brian Riis Nielsen commented: “This partnership confirms that our new solutions strategy is working. We’re moving from pure security guarding to offering solutions which integrate remote and mobile guarding services with technology to achieve cost-efficiencies, added value and long-term customer relationships.”

Securitas' Country President Brian Riis Nielsen

Securitas’ Country President Brian Riis Nielsen

Hatfield was recently named in the Top 20 listing of the safest towns for students in the UK. Compiled from official police data, the ranking is based on how exposed a student will be to crime in 64 of England and Wales’ student towns and cities. Hatfield was rated eighteenth, making it safer than the neighbouring cities of Cambridge, Luton and London.

The research was carried out by StuRents.com, a dedicated student accommodation search portal. Rankings are based on how many recorded crimes student areas experienced per thousand residents between February 2014 and January this year.

The University of Hertfordshire is one of the region’s largest employers with 2,700 staff and a turnover of over £238 million. With a student community of 25,300, including 2,800 overseas students from 100 different countries, the university boasts a global network of over 195,000 alumni.

According to the new Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 rankings for 2014, the University of Hertfordshire is also one of the Top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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