The Civil Safety and Security Unit (CSSU)

The CSSU has a well-established international reputation for its work. The Unit offers distance learning MSc courses in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management, short courses in Disaster Risk Reduction, provides PhD supervision and offers consultancy services to government and industry.

Staff research interests include contingency planning, disaster risk reduction, international security, public unrest, policing, local and central government policies, aviation safety and security, and business continuity management.

The Unit adopts a flexible approach to part-time distance learning with excellent support for students.

Our Credentials and Rankings

  • We are ranked top after Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the 2011 National Student Survey amongst 120 mainstream public universities in the UK. Our levels of student satisfaction have been consistently in the top 10 since the annual survey commenced in 2005..
  • The Guardian University Guide 2014 has placed Leicester in 13th position out of 119 institutions.
  • We are the only university to win seven consecutive Times Higher Awards . The Times Higher Education applauded Leicester’s very different approach, describing us as “elite without being elitist”.
  • We were named Times Higher Education University of the Year for 2008/9.

What our graduates say

"The MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management gave me the confidence to present my experience and knowledge to a broader audience in the private sector and was the single most significant factor behind my decision to start a business."

Kevin O’Leary, Director, Risk Angels, United Kingdom (Law Society Excellence Award for Learning and Development 2011)

"I have benefitted greatly from this course. I believe it is directly responsible for me being appointed as the Principal Risk Consultant to a National Infrastructure Authority."

G. Irvine, Graduate, June 2010



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Contact Details

Civil Safety and Security Unit
University of Leicester
14 Salisbury Road

T: +44 (0) 116 229 7592

F: +44 (0) 116 252 5909



Miles Lane, CSSU Administrator, is delighted to announce the MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management has 5 scholarships available for the September 2014 intake. To be eligible to apply, candidates must be from ‘developing’ commonwealth countries with a career linked to the Millennium Development Goals. To apply, please submit a course and scholarship application before 30/APR/2014.

Dr Simon Bennett, CSSU Director, comments on the search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370, in New York Times, Click here to read the article

Dr Simon Bennett, Director of the Civil Safety and Security Unit at the University of Leicester, has published a book about the pilot lifestyle entitled 'How Pilots Live: An Examination of the Lifestyle of Commercial Pilots.' Click here for finer details

Dr Tony Masys, CSSU Associate Tutor, has published a new book about networks and network analysis for defence and security. Click here for finer details

Dr Peter Wilkinson, CSSU Associate Tutor, was shortlisted for the prestigious London Science of Risk Research Prize by Lloyds

Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett, Dr Tony Masys, Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita and Prof Peter Jackson have been selected to make an Input Paper for the Thematic Review of Hyogo Framework for Action Core Indicators of GAR15, UNISDR.

Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett has been awarded the Research Development Fund by the College of Social Sciences to conduct her research: ‘Gender Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction: Integrating Theory and Practice’.

CSSU Study Event dates set for 2014, (29 & 30th September).

Dr Tony Masys, Associate Tutor, has recently been invited to be an affiliate researcher with the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation

Dr Simon Bennett, CSSU Director, contributes to a recent UK Channel Four Dispatches documentary titled: ‘Ryanair: Secrets from the cockpit.'

Dr Simon Bennett, CSSU Director, on the Liverpool Care Pathway:

Dr Tony Masys, a CSSU Associate Tutor, has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management.

Dr Lucy Easthope, one of our Associate Tutors, has had her work referenced by the BBC at:

Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett has written an article on house: ‘‘Pansi Ghor’: A classic object of human resilience to environmental disasters’ as part of the College of ‘Social Sciences of 100 objects’