About the Graduate Safety Course

The Safety Office runs this event in October and January of each year. It is intended for all new graduate students in science based Departments and Institutions. Part III and Erasmus students may also attend but Departments and Institutions should tell us directly about these students, in advance.

This event is an introduction to health and safety in the University. Departments and Institutions are expected to supplement this with an induction into local arrangements for health and safety and to advise graduate students on further safety training.

General information about the event is sent to graduate students by the Safety Office. Departments and Institutions should provide specific guidance on what their students should attend.

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Transferable skills

All the UK Research Councils regard health and safety issues as an essential part of training requirements for research students. Students can gain credits for Transferable Skills Training by attending this Safety Course and other courses provided by the Safety Office.

October Graduate Safety Course

First Tuesday and Wednesday of the full Michaelmas Term. Term dates
For students who begin their studies in October or after the previous January.

  • Tuesday morning: General Safety (includes a brief session on risk assessment) plus Chemical/Laboratory Safety
    Attendance at the General Safety session is mandatory unless students are officially excused
    Attendance at the Chemical/Laboratory Safety session is mandatory for those working in a laboratory environment unless students are officially excused
  • Wednesday afternoon: Repeated, optional sessions on specific topics
    Attend whichever is appropriate to the student's work.
    Departments are expected to advise on this and advice is also available here.
    Choosing sessions

January Graduate Safety Course

First Tuesday of the full Lent Term. Term dates
For students who missed the October Course or who started their studies after the October Course.

  • Tuesday morning: General Safety (includes a brief session on risk assessment) plus Chemical/Laboratory Safety
    Attendance at the General Safety session is mandatory unless students are officially excused
    Attendance at the Chemical/Laboratory Safety session is mandatory for those working in a laboratory environment unless students are officially excused