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Student Safety on Campus

Safer Student Officer

Laura Jackson is the Safer Student Officer at the University Of Huddersfield whose role is to keep you safe by offering crime prevention advice and safety tips either on a one-to-one basis or in groups.  She can also support you with any organised events which would benefit from a police presence.  

Laura has a wealth of experience and has worked for the West Yorkshire Police Force for over 15 years in a wide range of areas including front line police work.  For the last 8 years she has worked in Huddersfield and the wider Kirklees area.  Her working days are Monday to Friday, 8.00am-4.00pm and her office is in the Atrium, Schwann Building.  



Tel. 07939 466979

You are encouraged to report any suspicious activity/concerns to Laura, no matter how small, as she welcomes such reports to maintain a safe community.

If you wish to report a crime that doesn’t require an immediate response, call 101 at any time or go to Please contact 999 in the case of an emergency

Top safety tips

Follow this link to get lots of tips for keeping safe on and off campus  

Laura runs self-defence classes on Fridays, 11.00am - 12.00pm, throughout October and November which are free and open to students of all abilities.  They are held in Studio 2, Level 3, Student Central. Exact dates are to be confirmed.

What is the difference between a hate incident and hate crime?

A hate incident is any non-crime incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity or perceived disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Examples include verbal or online abuse, insults or harassment such as taunting, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace.

A hate incident becomes a hate crime when there is a criminal offence attached to it such as a physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, arson and inciting hatred online.

Reporting a hate incident or hate crime

If you are the victim of a hate incident or hate crime, or have witnessed one and want to report it, you can do this:

  • In person at Wellbeing and Disability Services (via iPoint) or the Students' Union Advice Centre in Student Central - these are both Hate Crime Reporting Centres. This way you can choose whether you want your report to be anonymous and whether you would like it to be passed on to relevant agencies such as the Police, and in Huddersfield, Kirklees Safer Communities Partnership.
  • To the police by dialling 101 or in person to Laura Jackson, the University police officer Tel. 07939466979 Email.
  • By using the West Yorkshire Hate Crime App

For more information, please see Kirklees Hate Incident reporting information or pick up a leaflet at Wellbeing and Disability Services. 

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