What is universities' duty of care to its researchers?

Safety and security for students and staff traveling in complex, remote and hazardous areas is important but often taken for granted at universities. In order to create an embedded, inclusive and efficient policy, it is key to have more exchange of good practice examples among universities and to talk about what is needed in this respect.

This article argues these points through discussions that happened in a seminar organised by the ISS on ‘Safety and Security Abroad for Universities’ in cooperation with the Centre for Safety and Development (CSD).

In this post - When the going gets tough: duty of care and its importance - Siena Uiterwijk Winkel argues that universities and research institutes need to develop an inclusive safety and security policy to create safer working conditions for researchers in the field. 

Whether it is academic staff doing research in complex regions or going on visits to partner institutions, students writing their research papers in remote areas or support staff visiting projects in hazardous places, such a policy should assist staff and students by guiding them to keep risks to a minimum.

Read the full post - When the going gets tough: duty of care and its importance

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