SafeZone Student Union Conference 2022

The SafeZone Student Union Conference is a free to attend day conference on Thursday 1st September 2022, hosted at University of Salford in Manchester, at the fantastic MediaCityUK in Salford Quays.

It’s a unique opportunity to come to together to spend time with sabbatical officers from Universities across the UK to collaborate on ideas and discuss issues relating to student wellbeing, welfare, health and safety.

Why Attend?

SafeZone is an app used by hundreds of thousands of students across the UK and the rest of the world. More than 40 universities across the UK have adopted SafeZone. CriticalArc, the company which produces SafeZone, really wants to bring sabbs together to: 

  • Attend a free of charge event (we’ll even provide lunch and refreshments)
  • Collaborate on student wellbeing and safety initiatives
  • Learn more about how SafeZone can be used to support existing and new manifesto pledges around student safety/wellbeing
  • Share ideas and participate in debate and discussion about some of the most pertinent topics relating to the student experience


9.30am - Welcome Refreshments

10.30am – Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford

10.35am – Introduction from CriticalArc: SafeZone in 2022

11.00am – Safety of Women at Universities: Kelly Balmer (The Last Taboo and former Community & Wellbeing Officer, University of York SU)

11.45am – SafeZone Product Update and How to Promote SafeZone at your Uni (Mental health/wellbeing focus)

12.15pm – Lunch Break and Breakout Discussions

1.15pm – Panel Discussion: Raising Awareness of Sexual Violence Against Male and Non-Binary Students – Led by Daniel Lay (Welfare & Diversity Officer, Keele SU)

2.15pm –  Talk about the Reynhard Sinaga (serial sex offender) case -  Trevor Jones/Hannah Burchell (University of Salford)

2.45pm – Second Case Study/Talk from a SU Sabbatical Officer (TBC)

3.30pm – 4.30pm – Conference Close and Farewell Drinks



For those travelling from a distance who might not be able to make it to the conference and back in a day, two of the closest hotels are:

Holiday Inn, MediaCityUK:

Premier Inn, Manchester Salford Media City Hotel:


Directions and Parking

You can connect to MediaCityUK from either Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria Train Stations using the Metrolink tram services.

The postcode for the MediaCityUK Campus of University of Salford is M50 2HE.

The postcode for the MediaCity Multi-Storey Car Park is M50 2TG.

Register to Attend!