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Guidance to Support Students on University Fieldwork

The purpose of this guidance is to support staff members who are responsible for planning and/or attending fieldwork either abroad or in the UK, involving University students who have support needs.

It provides a framework for staff who may be faced with difficult decisions, either prior to or during fieldwork, about the student’s fitness to attend/or continue with the fieldwork including supporting students with disabilities, ­­­­­health conditions, (including mental health) and students experiencing significant personal difficulties.

Although specifically related to fieldwork, the guidance could be helpful for other activities such as:

This guidance is not an official University policy, instead it provides a framework of strategies and approaches which may be adapted to the department or specific trip. Other University documentation/resources to be consulted include:

  1. Student Support Review Regulations
  2. Principles for Fieldwork
  3. Code of Conduct for Fieldwork
  4. Health, Safety and Risk Fieldwork SharePoint site
  5. Insurance webpages  
  6. Student Reasonable adjustments - process for Student Support Recommendations (SSRs)

The Student Services Guidance document includes key milestones, points for consideration and emergency preparedness information; to ensure that staff involved in the planning and delivery of fieldwork are equipped with the information and support from professional services colleagues they require to support students on fieldwork.

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Student Services Guidance to Support Students on University Fieldwork

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