In the event of a fire, follow the instructions that are given in the Fire Action Notices that are displayed throughout the buildings. The evacuation area is on Short Street at the rear of the building. 


  • Sound the alarm using the nearest alarm call point
  • Leave the building quickly and calmly by the nearest fire exit route
  • Inform staff
  • NEVER attempt to tackle a fire yourself unless you have been trained in the use of fire extinguishers and feel confident that you can do so without endangering the safety of yourself and others.


  • Switch off any appliances if it can be done promptly and without risk
  • Leave the building immediately using the nearest available fire exit. All fire exit routes are clearly indicated with the emergency signs bearing ‘a running man’ symbol.
  • Do not stop to collect personal belongings
  • Do not take any risks
  • Close the doors behind you as you leave your room.
  • Go directly to the Fire Assembly Point designated to your building (as indicated on the fire action notices).
  • DO NOT re-enter to collect personal belongings
    DO NOT re-enter the building until instructed to do so by a member of staff or a fire officer

To protect you, the alarm system is sensitive, so to minimize accidental activations (and annoying your fellow tenants), have a gander at these tips.

  • Ensure you ventilate your room when cooking
  • Close shower room doors as steam can trigger an alarm
  • Avoid using aerosol cans beneath the detectors
  • Do not cover or tamper with the detectors, (this will show on the main fire panel)
  • Do not use candles, incense sticks, pipes or oil burning lamps, electrical fires, gas fires, paraffin heaters, portable radiators, sunbeds, deep fat fryers, chip pans or disposable BBQs within the building

  • Do not remove fire extinguishers from designated areas
  • Keep emergency exits clear
  • If a detector starts to make a sound report to site reception immediately
  • Keep fire doors closed at all times, never wedge them open folks!
  • Do not cover the smoke detector, this is a breach of contract and an illegal offence to tamper with fire protection or suppression systems in a public building.

    Fire drills occur during the academic year, we’ll never do it at a silly hour but this is a necessity. In addition to drills the fire alarm is tested on a weekly basis on a Wednesday between 12pm and 2pm to meet legislation requirements.

A fire safety policy is in force to minimize the risk of fire and accidental alarms. Failure to comply with the policy may result in disciplinary action; refer to your terms and conditions for more info. In addition, under The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, the activation of a false
alarm can result in the issue of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO), a Penalty Notice for £80.00 and if put before the courts, imprisonments and/or a fine not exceeding £2500. You could also be suspended from the University, which of course would be a massive downer.