Fieldwork

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is an essential part of University teaching and research, enabling and inspiring many staff and students’ academic and personal development.  People organising fieldwork need to use an effective fieldwork assessment process to minimise risk and ensure that as a University we fulfil our duty of care to protect staff, students and other affected people.

Key points of this protocol are: 

  • Be clear about what is covered under the definition of fieldwork
  • Have a system to identify who is on fieldwork, where and when
  • Identify fieldwork activity organisers and other key roles
  • Carry out, record and have the correct level of Fieldwork Assessment, approved  before the fieldwork takes place
  • Once on the fieldwork, carry out a dynamic assessment of risk to deal with changing situations 
  • Where foreign and commonwealth office (FCO) advice is against ‘all but essential or all travel’, gain approval via the Travel against FCO advice Procedure
  • Brief people carrying out fieldwork and share the fieldwork assessment and other documents beforehand
  • If using third party organisations, assess their suitability beforehand