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Duty of Care in higher education

December 2016

Author: Collinson Group

Find out why higher education establishments should be focusing on their Duty of Care obligations now more than ever before.

 

This report looks at a growing issue for UK universities and higher education establishments: how to manage the safety and security of both staff and students who travel abroad to study and work.

 

A total of 18,770 UK students studied abroad in the 2014/2015 academic year - up a massive 88% over ten years.  This trend is likely to continue with the UK increasingly exporting its Higher Education system to international markets, leading to an increased volume of not only students, but support staff, tutors and researchers too, all needing to spend time stationed abroad.

 

However, this rise coincides with a rise in risk, with increased threats from terrorist activity, political instability and even extreme weather phenomena.

 

Sending students or staff abroad is no longer straightforward, given tighter legal and regulatory frameworks. Nowadays, higher education institutions have to weigh up the pros and cons of providing valuable international experience with the very real threats that can be faced.

 

In our report you will discover:

  • Why higher education establishments should be focusing on their Duty of Care obligations now more than ever before
  • The specific risks being faced by those on international visits as we move into 2017 and beyond
  • The challenges faced by multiple traveller types and the solutions available

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