Fieldwork and other off-campus study activities are an essential part of many courses. It is important that all students, including those with disabilities, are able to access and learn from these activities – but providing an inclusive learning experience is a significant challenge for academic staff.
Thorough planning and preparation is essential. Tutors should work with disabled students undertaking field trips to
A video of the site may help when assessing the venue. At this stage you should also consider how to deal with medical or other emergency situations on the field trip and ensure you know about any health and safety requirements.
The Geography Discipline Network, based at the University of Gloucester, has produced an introductory guide 'Issues in providing learning support for disabled students undertaking fieldwork and related activities', which suggests some approaches that could be used to provide access to field-based activities for disabled students. There is also an influential set of web-based guides on developing an inclusive fieldwork curriculum that is applicable beyond the original subjects of geography and environmental sciences: Learning Support for Students undertaking Fieldwork and Related Activities for