Brian Sims

AUCSO launches duo of free online training courses for members

THE ASSOCIATION of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO), the leading organisation for security professionals working in the higher and further education sectors around the world, has launched two interactive and free online training courses for members.

Being run in partnership with Incident Ready Consulting Ltd, the modules focus on Incident Manager Training and An Introduction to Business Continuity. They are available to AUCSO members via a secure portal from today (16 November).

Incident Manager Training

This course is aimed at university Gold and Silver team members, Security managers, duty managers, Control Room operators and security shift team leaders, as well as those who are aspiring to serve in these roles in the future.

Importantly, this course provides first-class professional development material to help bring confidence and competence to an area that’s increasingly being relied upon.

An Introduction to Business Continuity

This course is for security managers, duty managers, Control Room operators and security shift team leaders, as well as those who are aspiring towards such roles in the future.

Also providing excellent professional development material, this particular course is scenario-based in order to help participants consider the resilience of Control Room operations and reflect on planning for the consequences of real-time incidents on campus.

Adding value

AUCSO chief operating officer Julie Barker commented: “We’re always looking at how we can add value and enhance our training offer for members such that they can continue to develop and upskill. We’re delighted to be working with Incident Ready Consulting Ltd, which is an expert in this area, in order to deliver these online courses. They’re completely free to members.”

Barker continued: “The courses aim to assist security teams in being fully prepared to immediately respond to incidents and be absolutely clear on how to plan for the continuity of services after these incidents have occurred alongside any subsequent disruption.”

“This is just the beginning,” concluded Barker. “We have some exciting developments in the pipeline for AUCSO members in 2024.”

Enrolment details

To enrol on these courses, AUCSO members simply need to contact their regional chair or send an e-mail to

*Institutions interested in becoming a member of AUCSO can access additional information online at

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