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Launch of Flare App for Student Safety Receives Backing from UK Student Unions and Groups

The Cambridge University-founded startup, CAUSE, proudly announces the launch of Flare, their first digital application designed as an emergency SOS tool for students. Flare, an app facilitating rapid emergency messaging to trusted contacts, is a creation of a dynamic team of King’s College, Cambridge graduates.

Flare is designed to enhance safety in campus environments, allowing users to effortlessly send urgent messages to their loved ones. The app’s intuitive design lets users trigger an emergency notification to a predetermined contact with just a single tap on the phone’s lock screen, positioning Flare as an essential safety tool for students.

The app’s introduction has garnered significant support from student unions and groups across the UK, aligning with their shared vision for a safer and more inclusive campus. These groups form the core of Flare’s Advisory Board, focusing on advocating for student safety throughout the UK.

Among the early adopters is Trinity College Students’ Union (TCSU) at Cambridge University. TCSU President Naomi Vince commented, “Student safety on nights out is one of the biggest concerns for University Students’ Unions. Enjoying nightlife is a staple of the university student experience and with Flare, safety is made a priority so students can go out and have fun worry-free. Supporting a platform that helps our students was an obvious decision.”

Students Against Sexual Harassment and Assault (SASHA) at the University of Leeds is also a founding partner with Flare. SASHA Secretary Kay Corbin said, “SASHA is incredibly excited to begin working with Flare, a company whose remarkable dedication to enhancing personal safety perfectly complements our mission. This partnership represents a pivotal moment for us, as it strengthens our ability to serve and protect our student community. Flare’s innovative solutions and proactive approach align seamlessly with our commitment to student support. We are confident that this collaboration will help us foster a culture of safety and well-being within the student community, setting new standards for student security.”

Gabriel Brown, CEO and Co-Founder of CAUSE, spoke about the app’s partnerships: “Flare isn’t just an app; it’s a movement that is all about creating safer communities. We’re thrilled to see the positive response from the student community and we are committed to continuously enhancing Flare to champion safety in university communities.”

Supporting the launch of Flare is a growing list of partnerships with youth and community-led organisations, including:

  • Trinity College Students’ Union, University of Cambridge
  • Royal Academy of Music Students’ Union, University of London
  • It Happens Here, King’s College London
  • Labour and Co-operative Society, King’s College London
  • Environmental Society, Imperial College London
  • Labour and Co-operative Society, University College London
  • Students for Global Health, University College London
  • Sexpression, University of Birmingham
  • Students Against Sexual Harassment and Assault (SASHA), University of Leeds
  • Vegetarian and Vegan Society, University of Liverpool
  • Enactus Society, University of York
  • Amnesty International Society, Roehampton University
  • Skin For All
  • Groundswell Project UK

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