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Northumbria named third for health and safety within the education sector

30th April 2020

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice. Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running Health and Safety industry awards.



The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare and education.


Northumbria has placed third in the competitive Education and Training sector and was awarded with the ‘Commended’ accolade that is presented to organisations for the most outstanding performance in health and safety within the sector.


This builds on the University’s previous successful entries in the scheme’s merit-based awards. Northumbria has participated in RoSPA awards since 2018 and has maintained a gold standard for two consecutive years. The University’s trajectory within the scheme demonstrates its robust and high-quality safety management system together with consistently excellent and continuously improving health, safety and wellbeing performance. 


Emrys Pritchard, Director of Health, Safety and Sustainability at Northumbria University said: “Our continued success in the RoSPA awards shows how committed we are to making sure the health and safety of our students and colleagues is our number one priority. To have also placed third in the Education and Training Sector category this year is a great achievement, one that we’re extremely proud of.


“The health and safety road is long and winding and without the engagement of all staff and students what the University has achieved would not be possible. It is a journey that never ends so we must continue to strive to be the best that we can.”


Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, but it receives entries from organisations around the world, making it one of the most sought-after global accolades in health and safety.”


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