The NUS Students’ and Crime project launches ‘Student SafetyNet’ (SSN) a free tool for students’ unions to assist efforts to reduce crimes against, and increase the safety and awareness of, their students.
SSN allows students’ unions to operate a free smartphone application and web service for their students. SSN provides an open forum for students to share their experiences of crime, suspicious activity, anti-social behaviour and/or concerns in with other students at their institution, whilst maintaining a high level of anonymity.
Once registered and signed-in to the service, students will be able to:
Post and read messages from other students local to them and/or at their institution
Read messages posted by their local Police officer and students’ union
View a Google map which plots messages by location and date posted
Read tips on keeping safe and secure whilst studying
Administering the service
SSN is administered locally by Union Admins and SSN will not be activated for use by students until a Union Admin first registers with an institutional (ending in .ac.uk) email address.
In order to administer SSN, you should register using the magic pin. To receive this, the designated admin at your union should email NUS.
After registering you activate the service. Then you should then log in to the service as normal to manage the system. This will take you to the content management system for the whole of SSN at your institution.
To get started and set up Student SafetyNet at your institution click here, then:
Enter and confirm your email address
Enter your name
Enter your magic admin pin (see above)
Enter a password
To read the terms of the service click here
The guide to the service can be downloaded here
Advice on risk management can be downloaded here
Promoting the service to students
Flyers, posters and banners are available for download:
Note that students register with SSN using the same process as union admins, although they do not need to use the magic admin pin.
The main URL for SSN is www.studentsafetynet.org.uk - however, www.studentsafetynet.nus.org.uk and www.studentsafetynet.org also act as alternate addresses.
If you have any questions about SSN please email us.