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Image of fieldwork taking placeFieldwork experience is an integral element of developing research skills in several disciplines. By participating in fieldwork, students can apply the research skills they have developed during their classroom learning.

In addition to building research skills, fieldwork is an important means to help students feel more involved in their discipline. The often informal nature of fieldwork allows students a chance to engage more informally with their lecturers and can help create strong communities of learning.

The University of Sheffield has a duty of care to all its students in respect of the health and safety standards of a student’s learning environment, on- or off-campus. While fieldwork can take place in the local Sheffield area, elsewhere in the UK or internationally, no matter the location all fieldwork and trips must comply with the University’s guidelines for activities within the UK and overseas.

Student view

“Sheffield runs a wide range of training excavations. As well as teaching you the fundamental skills, these digs are a great chance to get to know your lecturers and fellow students in a whole different light.”

Sanne Roberts, BSc Archaeological Science

Before planning any fieldwork, check with your department to make sure you follow the appropriate procedures to ensure a safe learning experience for your students.

You can find guidance on these procedures here.


Bullet Masterclass: Designing a learning environment for field and research skills

Presentation by Dr Phil Warren (Senate Award Fellow and Reader in Ecology, Animal and Plant Sciences) at the Sixth Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, 2012

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