Urban Fox steps in to help Royal Agricultural College students
Students at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester are being offered some friendly advice from an 'Urban Fox' on how to integrate well into the community.
In a joint venture between the college, Gloucestershire Constabulary and Cotswold District Council (CDC), a new website has been launched packed with useful information for students.
The website - Urbanfox.info - is designed to help students be socially aware and responsible as well as offering a wealth of practical tips and advice.
Backed by a Twitter presence - @Urbanfoxciren - the site promises to help guide students on 'what to do and what not to do' while studying at the college and how to be 'good neighbours.'
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From advice about drug and alcohol misuse to how to find student accomodation and how to live in a shared house sensibly, the site also has a guidance advisor called the 'Vixen.'
Gloucestershire Police will use the site to promote useful contacts for residents experiencing anti-social behaviour, as well as police advice on drugs, drink-driving and safety.
Sergeant Rich Smith from the local policing team said: "We aim to prevent issues from developing, but where they do we will be fair and robust in dealing with them. Following our advice will enable students to leave College with a fine academic record and not a police record."
Sarah Tennant-Bell, RAC student liaison officer said: "We hope that both students and local residents will use this site as an information and communication tool."
Chairman of Cotswold District Council, Sir Edward Horsfall said: “This is a great way of enabling students to become more involved in the local community. From the Council’s point of view, it will encourage them to use the link to our website and learn more about the way we interact with local residents to deliver a wide of community services, including advice on housing and social issues.”