May 1st, 2014
Nottingham has a long and well documented affinity with Batman — the village of Gotham gave its name to his home city in the early years and Wollaton Hall doubled for Wayne Manor in the latest Hollywood adaptation. Now, the University has called upon the caped crusader and the boy wonder Robin to help keep students safe in the city.
The University’s Off Campus Student Affairs team recently launched a new campaign aimed at keeping students safe on nights out in the city. The message behind the campaign is really simple: some things just go together — like Batman and Robin, fish and chips — and students should stick together with their friends when they’re out for the evening.
The campaign aims to remind young people about the importance of using licensed taxis, keeping their valuables safe and sticking to well-lit areas if walking late at night.
The ‘You go together’ launch event saw Batman and Robin (not to be confused with the University’s security team) handing out fish and chips to students in the common room at St Peter’s Court halls of residence. Nottinghamshire Police’s Neighbourhood Policing Team was also on hand with advice and branded torch keyrings, reminding students not to flash their valuables when out in the city.
Melanie Futer, Off Campus Student Affairs Manager, said: “We know that Nottingham is a safe city, which offers our students a lot of opportunities to enjoy an active and varied social life alongside their studies. The ‘You go together’ campaign is designed to make sure that students are aware of the simple actions they can take to ensure that they don’t make themselves vulnerable.
“We’re delighted to be working with the police, our security team and the Students’ Union to make sure these important messages reach as many students as possible during the course of the campaign.”
The campaign was developed with input from the Students’ Union welfare network — peer-elected students responsible for welfare and personal safety issues in halls of residence. There will be a series of events taking place at other halls and on-street evening promotions.
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