AUCSO Conference 2024 reveals speaker lineup

AUCSO Conference 2024

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The Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) has revealed the roster of speakers for its upcoming 40th Annual Conference, scheduled to take place from 8-10 April 2024, at the University of Liverpool, UK.

The conference theme ‘Unveiling the Added Value of Security Services‘ suggests that attendees can expect in depth discussions regarding the role of security professionals in Higher and Further Education institutions worldwide, offering valuable insights into this crucial aspect of campus safety and management.

Hosted by Andrew Molloy, a member of AUCSO and Head of Campus Support Services at the University of Liverpool, the conference welcomes participation from all AUCSO members.

“Catalyst for confidence”

Oliver Curran, Chair, AUCSO said: “At this year’s conference we will explore the dynamic landscape of security services and embrace the opportunity to unveil not just the shield that our university and college security teams provide, but the intrinsic added value they bring.

“Security is not merely a safeguard; it is a catalyst for confidence and an embodiment of trust.

“Together, we will illuminate the often unseen contributions of security services, recognising their role in shaping a resilient and prosperous future for us all.”

The conference will commence with an opening address by Professor Tim Jones, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool.

“Following this, Tim Collins, OBE will deliver the keynote speech on ‘Global Conflicts: Navigating the Impact on our Campuses.”

Breakout sessions topics

  • Heather Baily and Paul Fullwood from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) discussing SIA changes benefiting higher education security
  • Gus Hodson from Dataminr exploring AI and machine learning for campus security
  • Christine Clark and Richard Yates from Mental Health First Aid England on security personnel as mental health responders
  • Kenny MacLeod from Risk Management Resources Ltd addressing campus protest strategies and the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Act 2023
  • Dave Wilson from West Midlands Police talking about Chinese student vulnerability to organised crime
  • Alan Cain from the University of Salford discussing proactive campus risk measures
  • Darren Chalmers from Critical Arc exploring cyber-physical security convergence on campus
  • Daniel Frith from DTS Solutions on integrating technology for campus security

Additionally, panel discussions will cover various significant topics, including AUCSO’s recent Benchmarking initiative in partnership with ISARR, Martyn’s Law, the value of transformation for campus security and challenges and solutions related to violence against women and girls (VAWG).

The conference will also feature an exhibition showcasing products and services from new suppliers and AUCSO partners.

Delegates will have the opportunity to network and learn during breaks between workshops and talks.

Attendees can look forward to a Welcome Reception and Exhibitors Fayre on Monday evening at the Conference Centre, as well as a Networking Evening on Tuesday at Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club.

The event will culminate in a Black Tie Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Wednesday, celebrating notable achievements in 2023 and announcing the winners of the AUCSO Awards.

Julie Barker, Chief Operating Officer, AUCSO commented: “We are very much looking forward to our 40th Annual Conference and we are committed to an excellent line up of thought provoking, topical speakers and the opportunities for networking. 

“There will also be some exciting additions to our 40th anniversary conference. 

“We are looking forward to seeing corporate partners and our members from across the globe as we discuss the ‘value’ that our security services add to our campus communities on a day to day basis

“Last year we had a record attendance and this year we are determined to beat that.

“If you would like to attend, do register as soon as possible as places are filling up quickly.”

AUCSO registration

Registration for this year’s conference includes attendance at all sessions, refreshments and lunches.

Additionally, attendees will have access to various social events throughout the conference, including a welcome reception and dinner on 8 April, held at the conference centre.

On 9 April, there will be a networking evening with dinner at Anfield, UK the iconic home of Liverpool Football Club.

The conference will conclude on 10 April, with a Gala Dinner and Awards evening at The Lutyens Crypt and Treasury at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

Accommodation at the conference hotel is included, with check in available on 8 April and check out on 11 April.

Registration for the conference closes on 11 March, 2024.

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