There is a strong emphasis on field training in all earth science degree programmes. The field provides a natural laboratory where students can learn. In our teaching, we utilize the software Move, a powerful stand-alone environment for data integration, cross-section construction and 3D model building. We would like to acknowledge that the Petroleum Experts Ltd (Petex) has donated 10 licences of the MOVE software suite, the commercial equivalent of which is £1,525,561.89 to enable us to deliver our teaching.
Before engaging on any departmental fieldwork, a risk assessment must be completed. All risk assessments must be completed online using the RiskNet tool. Before going on fieldwork (regardless of where it is, or how short), you MUST do the following steps:
UCL has a very good insurance policy, which from our experience works very well when needed. This experience ranges from covering several accidents/hospital visits in the USA during PhD student fieldwork (several thousands of pounds’ worth of hospital care fully covered) to completely lost luggage by airlines on UCL trips to conferences. You must ensure that you register your UCL trips with TravelCert For any fieldwork (uindergraduate fieldtrips, postgraduate & staff fieldwork) all staff and staff are required to complete the online UCL insurance registration & activation form with TravelCert Mobile users can download an app. Logging and access details [Action: make a doc in a intrantet section with this info: This is done quite easily online here: https://travelcert.ajg.com/#/activation . To start, enter “University College London” which will appear in the organisation pick list on both the webpages (and also the app), just start typing “university” or “London” and the name will become visible, the activation code: 850773]
PhD students, postdocs and staff are all potentially eligible to drive cars and small minibuses on fieldtrips with students, providing the following steps below have been completed. Please note this can take a while to complete.
All drivers must have completed the driver declaration form, which should be sent directly to Serena Ezra, the UCL insurance administrator, to approve you as a driver. You are only insured to drive if this has been approved. On this form you need to provide a DVLA check code, the modern equivalent of the accompanying paper licence. PhD students can also drive on behalf of UCL once they have completed a drivers declaration form and it has been approved. This process will enable individuals to be insured to drive on behalf of UCL in the UK, Europe and the USA/rest of world. For staff to drive their own private vehicles on field trips, including students as passengers, a driver declaration form must still be completed if you wish to be covered by UCL motor insurance policy. Further details.
All minibus drivers need to complete the Driving Screening assessment which is carried out by Occupational Health. Many of you will have done this in the past, but this needs to be current, so please do check when you last completed this. If you need to complete the Driving Screening assessment, please compete job_hazard_form.docand send it to Leisa Clemente for submission on your behalf. Occupational health will then contact you to arrange an appointment.
Before any fieldtrip/UCL related excursion outside of the UK, please ensure that you have registered your trip with the UCL insurance via AIG, so that you are covered and have an insurance certificate generated for your trip so that you are covered and have an insurance certificate generated for your trip. Details in Insurance tab.
UCL allows staff to use their personal vehicles to take students on UCL business or field excursions only if they are covered by UCL’s motor insurance policy. The driver must complete the driver declaration form [provide link]. The risk assessment for any fieldwork would also have to be completed, signed by the supervisor and sent to T. Mitchell for approval.
Safety is of paramount importance during any field class. In addition, such classes are run with the very valuable support and help of the local community in which they are held. These requirements can only be met if you, the students, behave in a mature and sensible manner. Please help us to maintaining UCL Earth Sciences’ good record of behaviour on undergraduate field classes. The University requires us to remind you that any individual or group of individuals who behave in a way that either jeopardises safety or our relationship with the local community with be dealt with severely. The future of the Department’s field training programme depends on your collective good conduct. We want to retain a good relationship with the communities therefore we rely on you to scrupulously uphold all of the following rules:
Please maintain the sleeping quarters and common space in a respectable and clean state throughout your stay. All will be expected to contribute to cleaning and tidying. If the kitchen area is not maintained to a satisfactory standard of cleanliness the fieldtrip leaders will roster each room group on cleaning and tidying duties on a daily basis.
Do not wear field boots at any time inside the living quarters. Take them off and put them on again at the door. Keep them in the drying room, along with wet outdoor gear.
Be careful not to spill tea, coffee or beer on the carpets. Clean up anything that drops on the floor immediately. Keep the cooker and cooking utensils clean.
Avoid any behaviour that is likely to lead to breakages. Bear in mind that, whilst damage can and must be paid for, it is difficult to ameliorate the loss of good will between ourselves and the hostel staff if wilful or negligent behaviour results in any damage.
On arrival, each room group should inspect their accommodation and report anything amiss to the excursion leader.
On departure remove all your belongings. Remove all rubbish and unwanted food and deposit these in the refuse bags/bins provided. Each time you use them, clean the cookers thoroughly: take out the drip trays, remove the ring guards and degrease everything. Clean out all your food from the fridges on departure.
Regretfully, we will immediately send home anyone who causes damage or annoyance to members of the public arising from over-indulgence in alcohol, or other wilful or negligent action. There may be other people staying in the centre. Some may be doing thesis mapping, others may be there for pleasure. Respect their needs.
“Virtual deposit system”: There is no charge towards accommodation or breakfast on the field course. However, we will operate a “virtual deposit” system. Students causing damage to the hostel or bringing the name of the University into disrepute will be fined a maximum of £100. Complaints from local residents about student behaviour will also not be tolerated. The deposit will be deducted from the contribution to independent fieldwork next year, or other subsequent fieldtrips you may be asked to contribute towards where it is normally free. In extreme cases, if no one owns up to damage/misdemeanour then all virtual deposits will be forfeit.
All students and staff at UCL have the right to participate in fieldwork free from bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct, of any form. These behaviours are not permitted at the University, in the work and learning environment, and there is no place for them in the field. In order to move these statements beyond the aspirational it is necessary to frame a code of conduct that should be signed up to by those organising and running, and those participating in, fieldwork activities.
Read the UCL Fieldwork Approved Code of Practice. All reasonable safety precautions must be observed. On arrival in the field area find out the phone number(s) of local emergency services and identify someone responsible who will be kept informed of your whereabouts each day and who will act if you fail to return after work. Unless you are working alone, you can name a fellow student/colleague who is staying with you. The following are a basic set of guidelines for ensuring your safety in the field:
Always ensure you are working with your mapping partner and you are both aware of where you will be working. Make sure you both have agreed a daily plan of where you will be working, and if you are out of sight of each other you ensure that you have a plan to meet up. Enter a hazard assessment into your notebook for each day in the field at the start of each day.