First-aid provision and training

The University is required by Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 to provide appropriate equipment and facilities for giving first-aid to employees if they are injured or become ill at work. Security form the basis of this provision for our main campuses as many are trained in first-aid, they are easily recognisable and are on campus at all times. However, the nature and extent of the risks that arise on campus and elsewhere (e.g. on fieldtrips) must be considered when deciding what first-aid provision is needed within a School or Service.

As a minimum, low-risk workplaces such as a small office should have a first-aid box and a person appointed to make sure it is kept stocked. First aid boxes and contents can be bought via University approved suppliers.

Workplaces with greater risks are more likely to need one or more trained first-aiders. HSE provide advice on how to make a first aid needs assessment.

First Aiders
First aiders should be trained to HSE First Aid at Work standard and hold a recognised certificate of competence.  The certificate is obtained by attending a 3-day training course and is valid for three years.  It can be renewed by attending a 2-day refresher course before the certificate expiry date. SEPS provide both the 3-day qualification course and the 2-day refresher course. These are delivered by an external provider and are run on a cost recovery basis.

Security operate a first aider paging system using the "SafeZone" app and first aiders are encouraged to regsiter and take part in this system. 

Booking a Training Place
This course is normally held in the Conference Room of the Isabella Elder Building which is located on the first floor.  PLEASE NOTE if you are unable to access the first floor of a building with no lift please advise as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made.  A reasonable level of physical fitness and mobility is required to complete the course and to act as a first aider.

We plan to run courses on the date(s) shown below. To check availability please book a course via CoreHR – in the employee dashboard select the learning and development box then enter keyword i.e. first aid then press search.  This will take you to “Book a course”, the two options of 2 day first aid refresher and 3 day first aid training will come up. Click “3 dot” menu to the right then select “Request to attend a course”, this will then give you a list of course dates and availability, select the course dates which suits you then complete “Your Request Details” and press submit.  Once you have booked your course, please email the project number to charge the course to. Also if you wish to put your name on the waiting list for the next course you should email

Book Conditions and Cancellation Charges
A cost recovery charge is made for places on all first aid courses. The amount varies according to the type of course and number of people being trained. Indicative costs for a 3-day certificated course are £110 per person and £80 for the 2-day refresher course.

Please note that these costs may be charged to Schools and University Services for cancellation within five working days of an event or for non-attendance. If you wish to cancel, or have any other questions about the course, contact

Dates for 3-day Certificated First Aid Courses

New dates will be available from August 2024

Dates for 2-day Refresher First Aid Courses

New dates will be available from August 2024