AUCSO announces winners of its annual awards 2022

AUCSO, representing security professionals working in HE and FE around the world, concluded its annual conference by handing out its awards

The winners have been announced of the Association of University Chief Security Officers’ (AUCSO) annual awards.

On 31 March, at the University of Leeds, members of AUCSO – the organisation for security professionals working in higher and further education around the world – rounded off their annual conference with a gala dinner to honour their finest.

“We have been so impressed by the extremely high calibre of the award entries this year, especially as it has been one of the most difficult years in recent memory,” said AUCSO chair, Les Allan.

All of the shortlisted entries were very worthy winners as they have all shown consistently high levels of professionalism, integrity, dedication, and passion, and they are all a credit to their profession.”

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And the winners were…

Security Officer of the Year: Phillip Barnett, University of Queensland, Australia
Judges’ remarks: “This individual continually shows dedication and passion in their role supporting staff, students, and the wider community” 

Security Manager of the Year: Terry Branch, Imperial College London
Judges’ remarks: “The individual is described as a forward thinker, exploring new technology/ methodology on intelligence gathering and identifying potential risks” 

Security Team of the Year: security day team, Staffordshire University
Judges’ remarks: “Highly professional and always seeking to provide the best possible service to enhance and protect the student experience” 

Security Initiative of the Year: Imperial College London, health & wellbeing initiative
Judges’ remarks: The winning initiative is believed to be an industry first, aimed at improving the physical and mental wellbeing of the security team”

“It was wonderful to celebrate with all of the entrants at our awards ceremony,” said AUCSO chief operating officer, Julie Barker (pictured above).

“As Les said, all of the entries were worthy winners and it was a tough call for the judges.”

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