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Liability and Risk Assessment in Student Activity Abroad–The UKCOSA Survey

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Abstract:

Universities in England are required to assess risk in all activities they undertake. This enables proper procedures to be put in to place to provide effective delivery whilst at the same time minimising risk and potential liability. The individual components of the law involved in student activity abroad are essentially 'standard' but the total package of law and the procedures that it is advisable to follow is more complex. A survey of universities was carried out to ascertain what procedures they had in place and what their level of awareness was. The findings of the survey have been used to indicate what management procedures should be put in place in order to minimise risk in the form of answers to a series of Frequently Asked Questions (UKCOSA, 2002). The total elimination of risk is not possible, but use of information can reduce risk, minimise liability and enhance the quality of service provided.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0953996022000056030

Affiliations: Leeds Law School, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Publication date: December 1, 2002

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