What is Fieldwork?
Fieldwork is any approved practical work, teaching, study or research activity, usually conducted outside the normal place of University business. Fieldwork may be the integral part of a course (curricular) or a co-curricular activity organised by the university. Fieldwork includes but is not limited to:
- clinical or practical work placements or activities;
- participation in laboratories;
- plant visits;
- industrial premises or site visits;
- study tours;
- field trips;
- work experience;
- service industry placements;
- isolated and remote fieldwork camps and/or excursions and international fieldtrips/placements.
Fieldwork does not include activities that have not been approved through the university, such as volunteer and leisure activities, paid employment or unpaid work experience, and site visits that are not part of an award course.
For further information about fieldwork consult the Fieldwork Manual.
Fieldwork Preparation and Support
Unit coordinators, fieldwork coordinators, staff and students must complete a Fieldwork Preliminary Risk Identification before commencing fieldwork, to determine the level of risk associated with the activity. If the risk level is found to be Low the risk assessment process is complete. If the Fieldwork Preliminary Risk Identification determines the level of risk is Medium to High a Fieldwork Risk Matrix must be completed.
A Fieldwork Agreement is negotiated between fieldwork coordinators, students and partners. Refer to the table below for the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders.
Designs, implements and evaluates fieldwork curriculum inclusive of all students
|Takes responsibility for own behaviour including discipline specific code of conduct||Provide a positive and constructive learning environment|
Supports high quality student leaning experiences
|Prepares adequately for fieldwork||Provide feedback that facilitates learning|
Fosters productive partnerships between stakeholders
|Discloses issues that might affect fieldwork, e.g. disability, medical conditions, injury||Assign a variety of duties that foster professional development|
Ensures all stakeholders are adequately prepared
|Identifies expectations, learning outcomes and assessment requirements||In consultation with the student, assess their performance in the workplace|
Oversees fieldwork governance
|Communicates regularly and seeks feedback from supervisors||Ensure a safe working environment for the student|
Designs appropriate assessment and provides regular feedback
|Reflects on how the fieldwork experiences improves work readiness||Ensure a collaborative working relationship with the institution|
Travel for WIL
Certificates of Currency cover staff and students undertaking approved fieldwork activities for personal accident, public liability and professional indemnity where appropriate.
The Risk Management website contains information on travel insurance for staff and students.