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Introduction to fieldwork

Summary of procedure for fieldwork

Students are permitted to apply to conduct research which will be relevant to their work. For PhD students, the first year registration exercise must be completed as satisfactory before being permitted to apply. Students must then complete the steps outlined below:

  1. Complete a Risk Assessment training course (for students starting in October 2015 and onwards) These are provided by the University.
  2. Complete the Risk Assessment form in additional to the ethical approval form, and give them to the Centre Administrator. If the trip is less than two weeks, students are still required to provide a risk assessment form.
  3. Apply for Leave to Work Away through your CamSIS self-service pages and upload your complete Risk Assessment form and your application for the University Fieldwork Fund if requested. Ensure you have given good time for your application to be approved, you are not permitted to leave unless these have been fully approved by all committees involved. 

For full information regarding Leave to Work Away and Risk Assessments, please read the Polis Graduate Resources page for up to date information on all these procedures:

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