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Working and teaching in the field

21 November 2023

UC offers opportunities to engage in learning and research in a wide variety of stimulating environments. We have procedures in place to manage the risks and hazards associated with learning and research away from our main campus environment. Find out about staying safe when working and teaching in the field.



University of Canterbury offers opportunity to engage in learning and research in a wide variety of stimulating environments including visits to field stations, aquatic, alpine, and forest environments, farms, quarries, mines, factories, health facilities and many other cultural and business environments.

Protocol: University Field Fieldwork sets the minimum requirements for planning and managing fieldwork. This includes how to assess the risk level of a fieldwork plan, approval process based on the risk level and issues related to health declarations.

It is now possible to plan Fieldwork and Activities in Assura; for further guidance on the process please see the Planning Fieldwork in Assura resources. Note that the workflow is in a pre-release state and some automations are not available yet such as auto population of and management of health declarations.

A Fieldwork Plan needs to be submitted well in advance and approved prior to departure. Immediately prior to departure a Field Activity Checklist should be completed by the fieldwork leader to document participants, brief them on the fieldwork and check prerequisites for the trip are present and correct.

Students engaged in Fieldwork may be asked to complete a health declaration and consent form in order to manage fieldwork risks. Any Information submitted will be deemed to be private, personal and confidential. Access is limited to staff with Health and Safety duties. Per UC's Privacy Declaration.


Epipen Kits

The University of Canterbury provides Epipen Kits for use on field activities should there be a medical emergency involving a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Field activities are often conducted in areas remote from emergency services. Having access to an Epipen enables the person suffering from a severe allergic reaction to receive immediate treatment before emergency services can arrive.

The University Health Centre should be contacted if an Epipen Kit is required on a field activity.

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