RGU academics commended by Counter Terrorism Policing

Two Robert Gordon University (RGU) academics have received a commendation by the Counter Terrorism Policing Network for their contribution to reducing the threat from global terrorism.

Dr Moira Bailey and Anne Stevenson from RGU’s Aberdeen Business School (ABS) headed to Scotland Yard to receive the recognition for their work on the Protect and Prepare: Securing Your Business course.

The course is a professional development certificate (CPD) designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge to co-ordinate an organisation’s response to a threat. It has a special emphasis on terrorist or extremist threats and the course will help develop an organisation’s resilience to such activity.

It is run by a partnership team comprising the People Organisations and Practice (teaching) department at ABS and Counter Terrorism Security Advisers working within the Specialist Crime Division of Police Scotland.

This partnership commenced in 2007 with representatives from both organisations working together to develop the course. The purpose was to disseminate counter terrorism protective security advice to businesses or premises at risk from terrorism, aligned with the Government’s counter terrorism strategy.

As a result of the strong partnership, the continuously evolving course has run 11 times with over 300 delegates attending this annual course to date.

The award-winning course has now been shortlisted and commended in the Counter Terror Project category at the 2018 Counter Terror Security Awards.

Dr Moira Bailey, Academic Strategic Lead for the People, Organisations and Practice department within ABS, said: “We at Aberdeen Business School are particularly proud of our involvement with this course and the partnership with Police Scotland.

“Through this partnership has evolved a highly successful and contemporary niche course, which aligns well with the objectives of the university and ABS.”

Detective Sergeant Graham Milne, Counter Terrorism Security Advisor (CTSA) with Police Scotland, said: “The partnership between Police Scotland and (RGU) has proved extremely successful with the development of a unique, innovative and challenging Counter Terrorism protective security course.

“We are delighted that ‘Protect and Prepare: Securing Your Business’ has been recognised by the Counter Terror Awards.

“The course continues to offer participants an excellent learning experience and we work hard to ensure the content is up-to-date and confirm it is relevant to all business sectors. This piece of work has been a long term contribution and investment to the provision of CT protective security advice to the business community and ensures we are actively contributing to the UK Government's counter terrorism strategy, with its aim of allowing people to go about their lives freely and with confidence."

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