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Former chair Trevor Jones awarded prestigious Fellowship at AUCSO

THE ASSOCIATION of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO), the leading organisation for security professionals working in higher and further education around the world, has awarded Trevor Jones (former chair of the organisation) a Fellowship.

Head of security at the University of Salford, Jones served as AUCSO chair between 2018 and 2021 and in the role of vice-chair from 2015 until 2018. Jones was bestowed with the prestigious honour of being appointed a Fellow at the AUCSO Northern Region meeting held earlier this month.

Soon to retire from his current post with the University of Salford, Jones received the award from Oliver Curran (AUCSO chair) in the presence of Julie Charge (executive director of finance at the University of Salford), Julie Barker (chief operations officer at AUCSO) and AUCSO vice-chair Geoff Brown.

Commenting on this news, Oliver Curran informed Security Matters: “We are extremely honoured to present Trevor with this award as he has worked tirelessly for AUCSO for many years now. We wanted to recognise the outstanding contribution that he has made to the Association. We’re truly grateful for everything that he has done.”

Jones, in fact, is only the sixth AUCSO Fellow, joining Alfred Feichtinger (the first European region chair), Bernadette Duncan MBE (AUCSO chair in 2001-2002), Ray Wheatley (the current Ireland region chair), David Owen (secretary of AUCSO from 2000-2017) and Brian Scofield, who served as treasurer for the Association between 2015-2019).

Speaking about his Fellowship, Jones observed: “I’m both proud and delighted to have been bestowed this significant honour. To be in such great company makes it even more special.”

Essential forum

Current members of AUCSO represent no fewer than 22 countries. Membership is available by institution, with each afforded the opportunity to nominate four representatives to the Association.

The Association provides a forum for its members to exchange knowledge, information and Best Practice relating to security management within the sector. Each year, AUCSO organises a conference, a security suppliers exhibition and an AGM for its members. Conferences are hosted by a different member university each year.

Further, AUCSO consults and liaises with government agencies and regulatory bodies on relevant topics and provides training for members on resilience (crisis management and business continuity), mental health response, counter-terrorism and tacking the drugs usage problem that plagues the nation.

Members are also able to share Best Practice, experiences, initiatives and local security training within the eleven geographic regions, each of which hold their own local meetings and appoint a representative who sits on the Association’s Executive Committee.

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