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Bucks New University to host first regional cyber security event

Buckinghamshire New University is to host a regional cyber security recruitment and showcase event at its High Wycombe Campus aimed at attracting new people to what is a growing industry.

The Cyber Security Challenge UK is holding the free event at the University’s Campus in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe from 10.00 am-5.00 pm on Friday 4 July.

The day is designed for anyone with an interest in the cyber security sector, including school pupils making career choices, further and higher education students and those looking for a change of career.

The event comprises two half-day seminars, interactive sessions with the chance to play simulation computer games and the opportunity to meet cyber security employers from across the country who will be exhibiting and highlighting the range of roles available in the profession.

Bringing talented people into the profession

The Cyber Security Challenge UK aims to bring talented people into the profession and holds competitions and initiatives for people (including schoolchildren) to find out more about the industry.

Phil Wood MBE: head of the Departments of Security and Resilience and Computing at Bucks New University

Phil Wood MBE: head of the Departments of Security and Resilience and Computing at Bucks New University

Phil Wood MBE, head of the Departments of Security and Resilience and Computing at Bucks New University, will be introducing the first seminar. This is designed for local small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to inform them about cyber security threats, including details of Government initiatives to combat cyber crime.

The second seminar will be introduced by Professor Ruth Farwell (vice chancellor of Bucks New University) and is for girls and women considering a cyber security role. It’s aimed at people including those already in the industry who could share knowledge and experience, as well as businesses looking to encourage the recruitment and retention of women.

Phil Wood leads the development and delivery of resilience-related educational programmes at Bucks New University, including the Business Continuity Institute Diploma and MSc in Organisational Resilience.

“This is an exciting regional event showcasing what is offered in the cyber security industry,” commented Wood. “We would like as many people as possible to come along and find out how they could pursue a career in cyber security. With computer systems, the Internet and our use of mobiles as the basis of everything we do in business or in our social lives, there are growing threats to be faced by businesses and this brings an increased range of career opportunities aimed at dealing with them.”

Foundation Degree in Cyber Security

The event comes at a time when Bucks New University is also developing a new Foundation Degree in Cyber Security at its partner organisation, Aylesbury College, which is due to welcome its first students in September 2014.

The course is being delivered by Bucks New University and Aylesbury College through their partnership, Buckinghamshire Education Skills and Training (BEST), and places are still available.

A Cyber Security Centre is also set to be opened in September 2015 at The Aylesbury Centre, which will be a landmark £16.5 million education centre in Aylesbury led by Buckinghamshire New University, Aylesbury College and Aylesbury Vale District Council.

To find out more about the Cyber Security Challenge UK event and to reserve tickets visit: http://www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/careers.php

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Crowd Management Centre at Bucks New University plays pivotal role in Health and Safety Guide

The International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies, based at Buckinghamshire New University, is playing a leading role in developing a new edition of a guide to health, safety and welfare at events which will be used across the industry.

The revised edition of the Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events is due to be published in October by The Events Industry Forum (EIF), a body which comprises events industry Trade Associations and similar organisations (including The Centre at Bucks New University).

Teresa Moore, Head of Department – Music and Events Management at Bucks New University and director of education and training for the Centre, is one of the four editors of the Guide and has contributed to chapters focused on crowd management and barriers and fencing.

Teresa Moore, Head of Department - Music and Events Management at Bucks New University

Teresa Moore, Head of Department – Music and Events Management at Bucks New University

Mark Hamilton, the Hhead of the Centre and one of the leading experts in the industry, chaired working groups of events industry professionals putting together the guide, while Tony Ball of Show & Event Security (and a Board member of the Centre) also contributed to the chapter on crowd management.

The second edition of the Guide has been written by members of The EIF in consultation with the UK events industry and representatives from regional and national Government. It replaces the first edition originally published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and will cover legislation and good practice for event organisers and suppliers.

Contributions to the latest edition

Teresa Moore, who speaks extensively nationally and internationally on festivals and events, said: “Anyone who is connected to live events has probably referred to the Purple Guide at some stage, so The International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies is extremely pleased to be contributing to this latest edition. We feel this illustrates the important role The Centre plays as advisor and commentator on the events industry.”

Mark Hamilton added: “Since its first edition, the Guide has been the foremost piece of guidance available to organisers of all types of events to ensure the public are able to attend in a safe and secure environment. The success of what became known as the ‘Purple Guide’ can be seen through its longevity as an industry standard and in the way it has been adopted globally by event organisers.”

Further information on ‘The Purple Guide’

View more information about The Purple Guide in its draft form at thepurpleguide.co.uk

For more information about The International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies go to iccmss.co.uk

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