Complete a risk assessment
Your department must carry out a risk assessment for each trip, regardless of whether you are travelling within the UK or overseas.
If you are travelling overseas you will need to complete a risk assessment before you apply for travel insurance. The level of detail required depends on the risk involved.
LOW RISK TRAVEL
For low risk activities, for example visiting conferences in Europe or North America, no written risk assessment is needed. In such a case, registering the trip via the Travel Insurance Application and Travel Registration (TIRS) system would be sufficient.
HIGH RISK TRAVEL
For other types of travel, for example if it includes fieldwork or travel to higher risk areas, a documented risk assessment is necessary. It is the department’s responsibility to ensure this is done in line with the University’s overseas travel policy.
TRAVELLING AGAINST GOVERNMENT'S ADVICE
You may be travelling to a country or parts of a country where the government advises against all travel or all but essential travel. In these cases, your department must submit a detailed written risk assessment to the University’s Safety Office.
Submit your risk assessment as early as possible to allow time for the Safety Office to gather more information if necessary.