Manchester Arena incident - information for students

Published on 26 May 17

As we continue to come to terms with the tragic events, we know that many of you have questions about how the University is responding.

Our thoughts and condolences are with all of those who have lost loved ones or been injured or affected in any way. Our University will stand together with the wider Manchester community, offering support and assistance where possible. We will endeavour to carry on with business as usual over the coming days and weeks.

Security on campus

Following the attack, the government has raised the UK terror threat level from severe to critical. The University’s first priority is always the safety and security of staff, students and visitors to our campus. Our Security team is available on campus 24/7 and can provide an immediate response in the event of an emergency or incident.

"Why we must all be a little more Mancunian after last night’s attack"

Perspectives from Ilyas Nadgee, Diversity Officer from your Students' Union

While it may not be immediately visible, we have been working with the national security services to make sure we have the right measures in place. Our campus security teams are trained to the highest standards, and we’re continuing to assess our arrangements. While many of our spaces are open to the public, the majority of campus - including exam venues, teaching spaces and labs - is not open to everyone, and we have the proper access controls in place. We have taken additional steps regarding some of the potentially dangerous materials we use everyday in our research.

We are not aware of any specific security threats on campus, however you should remain vigilant, and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to our Security team on 0161 306 9966 (the number is on the back of your student card). In an emergency, you should always get to a safe place and call 999.

Exams procedures

Most of you will also be focusing on your exams, and that brings it’s own stresses and worries. All of our exams have taken place as planned this week, and will continue in line with our usual policies and procedures. If you have any concerns about your exams, especially if you have been affected by this week’s events, then you should always contact your School Office in the first instance.

Please be assured that exam halls are not open to the public and to be able to sit your exam you will need your student ID card.

Additional support

We’d also encourage you to make the most of the support that is available to you here on campus. It is only to be expected that you may be feel unsettled, and talking with those around you, and with friends and family, is one of the best things you can do. If you would like additional support, then our teams in the Atrium in University Place, and our Counselling service, are ready and able to speak with you.

Travel disruption

Please be aware that there may still be disruption to public transport with Victoria Station remaining closed. You can get the latest travel updates from TfGM or @OfficialTfGM.

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