The Social Sciences Division has compiled a very extensive library of information and advice around fieldwork.
Information on the responsibilities of staff, students and, specifically, supervisors during fieldwork, as well as the practical steps that individuals should take in planning and then carrying out their fieldwork can be found on the Safety Office website.
Fieldwork supervisor training (e-Learning)
This new training package has been developed by the Safety Office to support supervisors of students and staff involved in fieldwork and overseas travel across all academic divisions. Whilst the training is framed for supervisors, it is also suitable for fieldworkers themselves, as much of the information covered is equally applicable (for example travel safety tips, planning, preparation, risk assessment, University processes and scenario based learning (from real experiences of Oxford researchers).
The training is accessed from the Safety Office training website. Direct links to the modules are:
Safe Fieldwork & Overseas Travel (core module – suitable for all)
Working with Human Participants (optional module 1)
Outdoor / Environmental Fieldwork (optional module 2)
Leading Student Groups (optional module 3)
The Safety Office also runs a face to face fieldwork safety session for fieldworkers. Click on the link for future dates.