Fieldwork can be described as any practical work that is carried out away from University premises by University staff or students for the purpose of teaching and/or research. Sound management of fieldwork and the associated risks is a priority for social sciences departments and for the Division as a whole. Your department should have appropriate administrative processes to support good practice in this area, including a risk assessment form which students and staff should complete prior to undertaking fieldwork.
In the case of student fieldwork, academic supervisors have responsibilities to their students, including to ensure that the appropriate risk assessments are completed satisfactorily and any relevant training undertaken, as set out in the University policy on supervisors’ responsibilities. The division produces a fact sheet and practical guide for fieldwork supervisors – please contact the Divisional Safety Officer.