OCS has begun a new security services partnership with the University of Gloucestershire.
The three-year contract, with an optional three-year extension, began on 1 August. It will see OCS provide 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 service provision, with officers increasingly asked to deal with a rising number of student welfare issues.
Andrew Simpson, Head of Facilities at the University of Gloucester, says: "The university is excited about working in partnership with OCS on the new contract. 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, Managing Director, Healthcare & Education, OCS, adds: "We are delighted to have been successful with our recent tender to provide security services to the University of Gloucestershire. 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."