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Manchester International student safety

 

The Manchester International Student Safety Campaign was created following discussions with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and international students. These discussions highlighted the crimes which international students were most likely to be victims of and identified the best methods of presenting our safety information. Following this MSH was awarded funding for the campaign from The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the Manchester Student Safety Tactical Action Partnership.

 

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The aim of the campaign is to educate international students about personal safety and household security. To achieve this the campaign will take the form of an international student safety guide, safety message tea towels and an interactive student safety video.

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1st February 2017

Welcome to the new MMU international students starting in semester two


Manchester Student Homes has recently supported “The Welcome Programme” for new Manchester Metropolitan University international students starting in Semester two. The event was in the form of series of official presentations delivered by Greater Manchester Police and Manchester Metropolitan University staff. Constable Scott Schofield from Greater Manchester Police and Andrew McGrath, Security Operational Support & Training Manager at Manchester Metropolitan University provided very useful talks about how to stay safe while studying and living in Greater Manchester. They offered useful advice and tips concerning personal safety. Following these presentations, Manchester Student Homes had the chance to speak to students about the Manchester International Student Safety campaign that provides ongoing education and support for international students. Funding for the campaign was received from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the Student Safe Tactical Action Partnership (SSTAP).

During the event, students were given on International Student Safety Guide containing specialised and essential tips and information relating to personal safety, household security, fire safety as well as health and wellbeing, fire safety and finance information. The guide also includes a removable postcard and passport containing a safety checklist for the students to send it to friends and family back home. Students were given a Safety Message Tea Towel, which contains a map of Manchester highlighting the Student Safe Zones and places of academic and social importance.

MSH working with international students have developed a safety video that educates international students on safe practices and habits involving how to get home safely and how to prevent a student becoming a victim of crime. Also, MSH has created a quiz that will be used as an educational tool.

Following this David Peters, Student Support Officer, presented about what support and services are available for MMU students, which provided valuable advice and guidance. 

It was great to be involved and to welcome the new MMU international students!

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18th October 2016

manchester international student safety

 

The Manchester International Student Safety (MISS) Campaign was created by Manchester Student Homes (MSH) following discussions with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and international students. Across these partnerships, there is a consensus that international student safety is an area of increasing concern. 

During discussions, it has been identified that international students are frequently targeted by criminals, and with there being approximately 20,000 international students studying in Greater Manchester the need for the campaign is seen as paramount. Also, these discussions highlighted the crimes that international students were most likely to be victims of and identified the best methods of presenting and dissenting safety messages.

The aim of the MISS campaign is to provide ongoing support and education for international students about personal safety in on and off campus areas as well as household security, helping to prevent international students from becoming victims of crime. This campaign will be delivered through three innovative and effective channels suggested during discussion period and based on best practice within the UK and internationally. In order to produce promotional mediums, MSH received funding for the campaign from The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and The Student Safety Group (SSG). 

The first medium is an International Student Safety Guide containing specialised and essential tips and information relating to personal and household security from Greater Manchester Police; fire safety from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service; health and wellbeing advice from the NHS; community involvement and finally, finance. The guide will include a removable postcard and a passport which will contain a safety checklist for the students to use upon their arrival. 

The second element is a Safety Message Tea Towel, which contains a map of Manchester highlighting places of academic and social importance, such as the Universities, the International Society building, green spaces and other useful information – such as the location of your local hospital.

The third aspect of the project is an interactive Student Safety Video that was created in partnership with student volunteers, Greater Manchester Police and the International Society/departments within the Universities. The video educates international students on safe practices and habits involving guiding a student through how to get home safely from campus and ensuring they do not become a victim of crime.

MSH will be running various stalls in partnership with Greater Manchester Police to provide information on the campaign, how we can help and to hand out lots of freebies!

For more information please contact Poppy Humphrey, Off Campus Student Affairs Officer at Manchester Student Homes on 0161 275 0750 or email poppy.humphrey@manchester.ac.uk.

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15th August 2016

Think safety…whilst drying your pots!

 

MSH has recently delivered the Manchester International Student Safety Campaign (MISS), which is a part of Halls2Home - our flagship off campus activities project.  This campaign was created in response to ongoing concerns relating to the vulnerability of international students studying in Manchester.  Our research was based on series of discussions with key stakeholders such as the Police and international students. Across these partnerships, there is a consensus that international student safety is an area of increasing priority.  There are approximately 20,000 international students studying in Manchester, therefore the need for the campaign is seen as paramount. 

The aim of this campaign is to educate international students about personal safety and household security.  This project will be delivered through three innovative and effective channels suggested by international students during our consultation period.  The channels to disseminate safety messages are:

  1. The International Student Safety Guide;
  2. The safety message tea towel – this contains a map of Manchester with key locations and places of academic and social importance, such as the Universities and the International society building:
  3. An interactive student safety video that is being produced by MMU students! 

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For more information on MISS and H2H please contact Milena Pretko, Community Cohesion Intern, at Milena.Mandziuk@manchester.ac.uk or on 0161 306 2415.

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16th February 2016

international student safety campaign at ukcisa members forum

 

On the 10th February, Manchester Student Homes attended the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) Members Forum. This was an opportunity for the team to showcase their International Student Safety Campaign which is currently being developed with internal and external partnership agencies, such as Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services and the NHS. The event gathered members of UKCISA, a national advisory body providing information and guidance to overseas students, from Universities all over the UK and other interested organisations in order to share thoughts about issues facing international students.

The Good Neighbours Team at MSH secured funding for the project from UKCISA in August 2015 and also received match funding from the Student Safety Tactical Action Partnership. The campaign is a specific safety project that will educate and increase students' awareness on a wide range of issues relating to personal safety, property security, fire safety and health and wellbeing. The project will consist of International Student Safety Guides, tea towels with a map of the Student Safe Zones and an interactive safety video.

We received at least three times as many applications as we were able to support, many of them of extremely good quality and yours was selected against stiff competition.”

     -  Julie Allen, UKCISA Director of Policy & Services

The forum enabled the opportunity for colleagues to discuss effective solutions and practical advice about issues facing international students, from sexual health to welfare and orientation.

Joshua Payne, The University of Manchester Community Cohesion Intern, delivered a presentation about the progress of the project, and we were delighted to receive positive feedback about our ideas and plans! The team also heard quick fire presentations for other institutions who have also received funding for their own projects.

Following a short introduction given by Alex D’Netto from Manchester's International Society, members of the forum had an opportunity to hear from a Student Panel, who discussed their own experiences about living in the UK. The students gave feedback on the ideas and initiatives that had been granted funding, and also offered some insight into how the projects could be developed further.

Interestingly, concerns raised by the Student Panel were similar to those identified by during MSH's initial consultation with international students studying in Manchester. MSH has further developed their consultation by working with The University of Manchester students on an academic research project, looking at the issue of international student safety. MSH will continue to work with partnership organisations and students themselves on this important project. We will provide further updates as the project develops!

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22nd August 2015 

manchester student homes successfully secures funding for international student safety

 

Over the summer the Good Neighbours Team have been planning project and campaigns for the forthcoming academic year. As part of the 2015-16 Halls 2 Home campaign, one of our key focuses will be on student safety. We have successfully secured funding from United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs. We are very grateful for this opportunity and have big plans for the next year.

“We received at least three times as many applications as we were able to support, many of them of extremely good quality and yours was selected against stiff competition.”

Julie Allen, UKCISA Director of Policy & Services

 

Manchester Student Homes will be working with The International Society and a group of international student who will lead this project. With the students, we plan to create an induction pack for students when they start their courses in the UK. Inside the pack, there will be an informative safety booklet with messages from local partner agencies like the Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Inside the booklet will be a passport containing a checklist for the students to do upon arriving in the UK, also a luggage tag to ensure that students remember to keep themselves and their property safe.  There will be a yearlong programme of activities and events to raise the profile of student safety. Lastly, there will be a short student safety video that will be launched across all Manchester universities.

We will be working with many partners and students.  If you are an international student, or have an interest in the project and would like to get involved in the planning and running of this campaign email brett.langsdale@manchester.ac.uk (Community Cohesion Intern). 

More updates to come on our Twitter

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