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Risk Assessment Training and Risk Assessment Form

Risk Assessment Form

Please download the latest version of the Risk Assessment Form from the POLIS website.

Risk Assessment Procedure

1. Every graduate student should complete a risk assessment when applying for Leave to Work Away.

2. The completed risk assessment should be approved and signed by the supervisor and submitted to the PhD Administrator. When you apply for Leave to Work Away, you will be asked to confirm that you have an approved risk assessment in place. 

3. Students conducting fieldwork that do not need to apply for Leave to Work away will still need to complete the risk assessment form and send the completed form to the PhD Administrator and PhD Director.

4. All completed risk assessments are kept in the student’s electronic file along with a check in log of contact with the student, when this is required (see below).

5. The PhD Administrator will sign up to Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel email alerts for each country where students are conducting fieldwork.

6. A complete risk assessment is a requirement when applying for Fieldwork Funding.


We are delighted and proud to see that the Centre has gone from no.8 (2015) to no.6 (2016) to no.4 (2017) in the field of Development Studies in the QS Survey. This would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work from everyone within the Centre.

Congratulations to PhD student Nungari Mwangi who was awarded the 2016 Andrew E Rice Award from the Society for International development!

Message from the director: You will be pleased to know that we have moved up from 8 in 2015 to 6 this year in the QS world ranking for Development Studies. This is a remarkable result and a great tribute to the tremendous efforts of the whole team of teachers and administrators. It's a fantastic result! Professor Peter Nolan

Dr Fennell high level facilitator at WSIS 2016

We are pleased to announce that Dr Fennell has been appointed as High Level Track Facilitator at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum.