Frequently Asked Questions

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A suite of documents which sit alongside the University Health and Safety Policy and provide detailed information on what you need to do to meet both legal and University requirements for different health and safety topics (e.g. fire safety, biological substances, fieldwork etc).

Head of School/ Service – discuss the protocol (particularly the Standard, HoSS Guidance, and proposed roles and actions) with your Health and Safety Manager to make sure you have a system in place to fulfil the Standard.  Appoint people to fulfil any identified roles.

All other staff and students - make yourself aware of and follow the arrangements / instructions/ processes that have been put in place in your school / service  - ask your Health and Safety Manager or Coordinator if you need more information or support.


Standard – specifies what the University expects to be in place for Study abroad. Each bulletpoint is a ‘must happen’ and everyone needs to play their part in ensuring these requirements are met. Heads of School/ Service will set up systems and appoint staff into specific roles to support their implementation; everyone else needs to carry out tasks and instructions as required.


Proposed roles and actions – study abroad opportunities are very varied and each school will require different roles to help the process flow smoothly. This document sets out some suggested roles and actions to help the Head of School implement the Standard.


Head of School/Service Guidance – provides one way of implementing a system that will achieve the requirements of the Standard.  The Head of School (with your Health and Safety Manager) will decide if this (or another system) suits the needs of each school most effectively.  So long as the Standard is achieved there is usually flexibility in the way that it can be achieved.


Risk awareness form – the form which a student must complete before they go off on study abroad, to ensure that have considered the potential risks.


Guidance notes for students – extra information to help students think through the risk awareness process and complete the form.