Excellence in education
"Our is aim is to offer our students a transformational educational experience, encompassing both the academic and the extra-curricular, which provides them with the opportunity to fulfil their potential as individuals by developing themselves within our living and learning community as independent learners equipped to take responsibility for their personal and professional development throughout their lives." (Strategic Plan 2015-19)
We are preparing students for the world of work, so we have a responsibility to lead by example in meeting our health and safety responsibilities to students who are studying or working for us. Communicating the importance of health and safety and involving them in the management of risk will not only protect our students, but help them to develop relevant skills and capabilities.
Accident statistics show that new staff are more likely to have an accident in their first months of employment than during the rest of their working lives. Students and new staff may be more at risk of harm because they:
- are unfamiliar with the job or workplace and so may not recognise hazards as potential sources of danger, for example, hazards to their long-term health
- may not understand why certain rules are in place, such as wearing personal protective equipment
- may feel reluctant to raise concerns or not know how to
- may be eager to please or to impress their fellow students/work colleagues and their managers/supervisors
Younger students and workers may also lack the physical, psychological or emotional capability or maturity to cope with certain work demands.
It is important that new students and staff are given health and safety induction and any additional training and supervision needed to protect them. It is also important you and your team set a good example by working safely and reporting health and safety concerns.
Frontrunners and internships
Frontrunners and internship staff at the University should be given the same health and safety induction as any other member of staff.
Student work and study placements
We have a duty of care to all our students when travelling, studying, researching and working in the UK and abroad as part of their degree course. The law requires organisers of student placements to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that students are not placed in an environment where there are significant risks to their health and safety.
Placement organisers need to take account of various risk factors, including those associated with the work, study, research, location and individual students. If you are involved with arranging student placements please refer to our student placements health and safety standard for further information.