Research Furth of Glasgow

Research Furth/Student Placements

‌'Furth' of Glasgow refers to postgraduate research student placements off-campus at other institutions. The University of Glasgow has a responsibility to ensure that there are satisfactory arrangements in place, in terms of facilities, supervision and health and safety, and insurance to cover and support its students while they are on placement.

Most establishments (i.e. institutions/sites) that students are likely to visit will have their own procedures and insurance to cover visitors in the same way as their own staff. However, other establishments, especially those in other countries, may have different standards of risk management and insurance than those the University would expect for the students under its responsibility.

While any short-term or one-off visits away from the University campus by either staff or research students can normally be covered by the University's insurance policy, this cover may not be adequate for placements where a student will be carrying out their research at another institution or site.

The University's Research Policy and Strategy Committee therefore agreed a policy of keeping and reviewing regularly a central list of institutions approved for student placement 'furth of Glasgow', which supervisors/Graduate School staff can refer to as this:

  • saves time for the placement organiser;
  • avoids duplication of effort; 
  • recognises the impact of increasing interdisciplinary research activity on the organisation of placements; and 
  • makes the protection and support of the University's research students more consistent.

All student placement host institutions should appear on this central list (with very few exceptions). If the institute you wish to visit does not appear on the list, please contact your Graduate School to initiate the review process. You are not prevented from attending the institute before the approval process is complete but you must seek out specific permission from your Graduate School.

Students whose fieldwork will not be based at an institute or establishment:

The University will provide travel insurance for postgraduate students undertaking travel on University (thesis related) business. To apply, students must complete an online insurance form which can be downloaded at the following site:

The policy summary provides information regarding coverage under this insurance. The Insurance section of the University will conduct a risk assessment based on the information provided and supply a travel insurance note. It is the responsibility of the student's Graduate School to ensure that they are satisfied that the student will not be exposed to any undue risk in the course of undertaking fieldwork away from the University of Glasgow.


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