The University has teamed up with technology firm CriticalArc to provide SafeZone, a free new app for staff and students 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 has been implemented across all University campuses, and staff who are interested in signing up for the service before it goes live can download the SafeZone app from their app store and register using their staff email address.

Stan Jack, Head of Security at the University of Aberdeen, said: “The University is committed to continuing to deliver a safe and secure environment for our staff, 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 staff the ability to call for help via their smartphone while on campus at any time of the day or night, seven days a week.

“Shift and lone workers in particular stand to benefit from the service, as SafeZone will allow them to notify security of their presence on campus, providing them with an additional level of reassurance.

“SafeZone is already in use at a number of other UK universities and institutions worldwide, where it has proved popular with staff who enjoy the reassurance of having the ability to call for emergency help on a 24/7 basis. 

“I recommend SafeZone to all staff, and would urge anyone who wishes to use the service to download the SafeZone app from their app store and register using their staff email address today.”

Any staff interested in finding out more about SafeZone’s features should visit