Fieldwork

Updated 31 March 2022

COVID-19 update: an additional COVID risk assessement is no longer required

Anyone undertaking any fieldwork must complete the latest version of the Travel and Fieldwork Risk Assessment template downladed from this page (see Related Content), and attach it to their on-line Travel and Fieldwork Insurance application and/or Ethics Approval application, as applicable.

Process and guidance notes:

  1. Please read the latest University safety guidance before you plan your trip and allow four weeks for the approval of your fieldwork risk assessments and travel insurance application (nb this takes significantly longer if a new CUREC application is required).
  2. Complete the Fieldwork and Travel Risk Assessment
  3. Students/postdocs, ask your PI or supervisor to approve both risk assessments and add a note explaining why this activity is exceptional in nature and essential in its purpose, where alternative approaches have been exhausted.
  4. Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies students - please ask your Centre Administrators to gather Risk Assessments, CUREC paperwork, and supervisor's comments and (if required) send them to the Safety Office for comments.  All other students, please send to Jackie.hall@law.ox.ac.uk who will obtain Safety Office approval if required.
  5. The risk assessments will then be referred to the Head of Administration and Finance and/or the Associate Dean for Research for Faculty approval
  6. Please then apply online for your travel insurance.  Your approved risk assessment, CUREC approval (if required), and additional Safety Office advice if applicable, must then be attached to an on-line travel insurance application. 

Fieldwork risk assessments to support CUREC applications need Faculty approval before the CUREC application is submitted. 

General information

The Social Sciences Division website has a useful section on their microsite for staff and students, giving information and links about fieldwork, including advice on ethics approval and risk assessments.  They have also issued various documents for supervisors and those undertaking fieldwork (the links take you to documents on the Division's website):

Check sheet for fieldwork supervisors / Practical guidance for fieldwork supervisors on Health and Safety and Risk Assessment

Safe interviewing guidelines

Vicarious trauma fact sheet

Fieldwork experiences case studies

 

 

 

 

 

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