University is not just about academic studies but also about giving students the opportunity to participate in as many activities as possible, so they leave with lots of different experiences under their belt as well as a Degree! Student placements, that form a part of many courses are integral to this experience and the University is committed to allowing students to undertake placements no matter how weird and wonderful. Health and safety will still play a part, but it doesn't exist to stop a placement, it is there to ensure our students stays healthy and safe.
Also see: Work Experience - Tasters, Placements and Internships (Skills and Employability Service)
The University has an established Code of Practice on Placement Learning which provides information on the steps that must be taken when planning a placement. In addition, the Universities Safety and Health Association (USHA) provides useful guidance on fieldtrips and overseas travel which may help when considering the health and safety aspects of a placement, especially those of a more unusual nature!
Studying or working abroad as part of your degree is the opportunity of a lifetime. Traditionally, students at British universities would study abroad during their second year and transfer back the credits they had gained. However, at Bangor there is an additional option whereby you can add an 'International Experience Year' to your degree programme. On successful completion of your International Experience Year, where you will study or work abroad for an entire academic year, you will normally have ‘with international experience’ added to your degree title.
Overseas placements must all be processed by the IEC's International Exchanges Office, in conjunction with your School Placement Coordinator. As part of the general arrangements you will be required to attend training, arranged by the IEC on the general do's and don'ts of the overseas placement. Before departure you will be expected to complete a 'Student Placement Risk Assessment Checklist'.
As part of this process you must complete the University's on-line Travel Insurance Form. PLEASE NOTE: The University Travel Insurance will only cover you for your placement activities. You are responsible for activities / travel undertaken in your own time and must arrange suitable Personal Travel Insurance for this and any non-medical emergency needs you have.
Further information on overseas placements is available on International Education Centre's (IEC) Website. General information if travelling overseas on University business is available on the Health and Safety Services Website.
Useful Links - UK & Overseas Placements
- Example Risk Assessments (includes Overseas Student Placements)
- General H&S Considerations / Process when arranging a Placement
- USHA Guidance on Health and Safety of Placements
- Appendix A of the USHA Guidance on placement risk profiling and risk reducing actions
- Appendix A (Work Section Only) of the USHA Guidance