31 People Attend Ireland's First Public Introduction To Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis Course

Author / Mark Breen
13 Feb ‘17
We recently ran Ireland's 1st public 'Introduction to Crowd Safety & Risk Analysis'. The 3-day course, delivered by leading expert Prof. Dr. G Keith Still, saw people from every corner of the events industry attend.

The response to this 1st course was fantastic. It filled quite quickly, at which time we had to set up a waiting list. That list then had over 20 people on it by the time the course took place. We were able to accommodate some of those 20 this time around and the others will hopefully attend in the future.

If you're interested in future courses then join the interest list.

The course

This is a course that the Senior Team here in Safe Events & Cuckoo Events did a few years ago. A large number of our Event Team also did the course in early 2016. 

It is designed as an introduction to a range of tools & techniques that have been tried and tested the world over and proven to aid in the safe and effective planning and management of events with crowds in attendance. 

It has been developed by Prof Dr. G Keith Still, Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. It is also an APEL (Accredited Prior Experiential Learning' route into the MSc in Crowd Safety & Risk Analysis in MMU. 

Mark in here is currently (Feb 17) in Year 2 of the MSc, among the 1st in the world to take on the programme. 

The attendees

We had 31 people on the course, representing a wide range of roles in the industry. Those included:

  • Members of An Garda Siochana
  • Local Authority staff
  • Private medical suppliers
  • Experienced Production Managers
  • Freelance industry professionals
  • UK Police Officers
  • UK security personnel
  • University lecturers
  • Experienced Site Managers
  • In-house event staff
  • Directors of large national events
  • Students
  • Insurance brokers

One of the most satisfying things about this first course was the people who came on it. Some highly experienced industry professionals along with people operating in key roles in local authorities etc. attended and, for us, that was a success. 

We're looking to help people run safer events in Ireland and this first course was a great start. 

An attendee group talking the rest of us through their challenges.

The 3 days

The atmosphere for the 3 days was superb. The spirit of collaboration was evident from the outset and everyone benefitted from one another's experience and expertise. We worked together on a large number of live attendee challenges.

The first 2 days of the course involve instruction, while the 3rd day is designated a 'case study' day. It is on the 3rd day that attendees put into action the tools and techniques they've learned in the first 2 days. To ensure maximum benefit for those on the course, the tools & techniques are brought to bear on the attendees' own events and challenges.

The feedback

Some early feedback from attendees looks like this:

The bottom line

We really enjoyed running the course and we're already looking at dates to run the next course. 

We've a large number of people on a waiting list already and more expressing interest.

If you want to be kept in the loop, join the interest list here.