Risk management of student placements

Risk management of student placements

Placements are often an essential part of the learning and development of students, helping them gain a greater understanding and experience of the work environment. They are varied in nature, and could include anything from office work, to laboratory work, or work in construction, theatre, a workshop, factory etc. They could be in the UK or overseas and may last from a few days to a full academic year.

Key points of this protocol are: 

Everyone involved in the placement understands their role and responsibility.

  • All agreements are signed, recorded and in place before the placement begins.
  • Before the placement begins, students are briefed on relevant information including contingency/ emergency plans, how to raise and resolve problems, and reporting accidents, incidents and near misses to the University.
  • Records are kept for three years after the placement ends
  • The placement is reviewed after it has happened.