Brighton’s Undergraduate Safety Placement Programme Scoops Top Award


University of Brighton Undergraduate Safety Placement Students Natasha Gates and Ben Hadman scooped a ROSPA Silver Award for an innovative project to improve staff engagement and safety notice boards.

The ‘Keep Talking Safety’ Project brought an up-to-date approach to an old problem, how to engage staff and students and improve the arrival aesthetic in buildings. New safety and wellbeing way finding boards were developed and utilising eye catching designs and incorporated both Quick Codes and Near field technology (NFT), enabling for the first time a means of tracking how information is accessed.


The new way finding is developed around a back ground image linking to research themes within the building and provided an opportunity to remove a lot of out dated posters and information that clutter our reception areas. Further details are available at

I am delighted how the enthusiasm and creativity of our undergraduate placement students has contributed to the success of the department as well as their own personal development. The award builds upon Natasha’s Santander travel grant which took her to Princeton University to review how construction, design and management regulations compare with the UK experience and this year Ben is travelling to Germany to participate in the World Youth Congress in Frankfurt; along with 50 international youth delegates who will work together on a project that will then be showcased in August at the XX World Congress on Safety and Health 2014.

I would recommend the benefits to any Safety Department what an undergraduate placement programme can bring and would be happy to provide any advice if anyone is considering setting up a programme and hope that in the future we can establish a national student safety placement network.


Alan Cowen B.Sc (Hons) B.Sc (Hons), DipNEBOSH, CMIOSH, CMCIEH
Director of Health and Safety