The University is teaming up with technology firm CriticalArc to provide SafeZone, a free new app for students and staff that connects you to the university security team if you ever need urgent help, first aid or if you have an emergency while on campus.
SafeZone allows you to call for help by activating the app on your smartphone to alert security team members to your situation and location so they can co-ordinate to help you quickly and effectively.
The system is privacy protected, so will never share your location unless you summon assistance or if you use the check-in function designed for those who work alone or out of hours.
SafeZone will be implemented across all University campuses in August, and interested students will be able to download the app and register using their University email address from the 18th of August, when they receive their address, following completion of e-registration.
Leith Forsyth, Head of Student Life at the University of Aberdeen, said: “As one of the safest cities in the UK, Aberdeen enjoys an enviable reputation for the security it offers to students.
“Indeed, the city has been awarded coveted Purple Flag status for the third year running, becoming one of only two Scottish cities to receive this accreditation awarded to UK towns and cities on the basis of the safety and security of the city’s nightlife.
“The University of Aberdeen is committed to continuing to deliver a safe and secure environment for our students, and that is why we have teamed up with Critical Arc to provide SafeZone.
“The service is free, easily accessible, and privacy protected, and offers students the ability to call for help via their smartphone while on campus.
“SafeZone is already in use at a number of other UK universities, where it has proved popular with students who are reassured by having the ability to call for emergency help.
“I recommend the service to all of our new and returning students, and urge anyone who is interested to download the SafeZone app from their app store and register using their University email address when they receive it through e-registration.”
Any students interested in finding out more about SafeZone’s features should visithttp://www.safezoneapp.com/