OCS has begun a new security services partnership with the University of Gloucestershire.
The three-year deal, which has an optional three-year extension, started on 1 August. OCS is providing manned guarding, caretaking and CCTV monitoring across the university's campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester.
The role of campus security has developed over the years from focusing on the security of property and people to a more rounded support role looking after student, staff and visitor wellbeing.
The current pandemic has highlighted the importance of this evolved style of security provision, as officers are increasingly asked to deal with a rising number of student welfare issues.
Andrew Simpson, head of facilities at the University of Gloucester, says: “We were impressed by its drive and commitment to the development of colleagues on the contract, as well as its focus on supporting the student experience. Together, I believe we will provide invaluable support to our students, staff and visitors.”
Ian Nisbet, OCS’s managing director of healthcare and education, added: ”Our approach puts the safety, security and wellbeing of students at the forefront of our delivery model. We look forward to developing our partnership with the university in the years to come."
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