Automated external defibrillators

The University has a number of automated external defibrillators located throughout the campus in fixed locations, as well as in portable units in our security vehicles. The new defibrillators were introduced as part of an initiative led by the University’s Safety, Environment, Security and Continuity department.

These defibrillators are life-saving emergency medical devices that can be used when a person is experiencing cardiac arrest.

There are currently 24 defibrillators across campus. All have voice instructions that talk you through the process of using the device.

What to do in an emergency situation

In the first instance call 999 to request an ambulance. Then call the University security team on extension 7999 (from an internal phone), or 01786 467999 (from a mobile).

The defibrillators are designed to be easy to use by anyone without training and are located in areas where they are easily accessible for anyone to get to.

A useful app, called ‘Lifesaver’ is also available to be downloaded from the Resuscitation Council website. The app shows you how to save someone's life in four scenarios.

Defibrillator locations

All of the defibrillators are registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service for public access, allowing emergency call handlers to guide callers to the nearest available defibrillator in the event of a cardiac arrest.

  • Six in the University residences (Alexander Court, Andrew Stewart Hall, Beech Court, John Forty Court, Spittal Hill, Union Street).
  • Five in the sports facilities (Alangrange strength and conditioning suite, Craig Gowans Football Centre, gym, swimming pool and golf pavilion).
  • Two devices are held by Airthrey Park Medical Practice.
  • The Library, the Macrobert Arts Centre and the sports laboratory in Cottrell Building.
  • The Pathfoot Building and the property management offices.
  • The campus security car.
  • The Union football team has one.
  • Main Cottrell reception
  • Queen’s Court reception
  • Mailroom at the Logie entrance
  • Iris Murdoch reception

To see the exact locations on campus, please view our map. (The map is partially inaccessible, but all information is provided above in an alternative format).

Defibrillator saves student life

In February 2016, third-year student Finlay Richardson collapsed during a lacrosse training session on the University’s sports pitches. Sports Centre staff quickly carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used the sports centre defibrillator to administer shocks in a bid to save his life.

After making a full recovery from the incident, Finlay graduated with a first-class honours degree in Environmental Science. He returned to the campus earlier this year to thank staff and paramedics who saved his life – and welcome the installation of the additional defibrillators.

Read the full story, that includes a short film showing Finlay’s return the University and highlights the importance of having these crucial pieces of equipment readily available.