Insurance

All insurance taken out in the University’s name shall be arranged by the Director of Finance, who shall keep a record of all insurances effected by the University and the property and risks covered.

The University's insurance requirements are reviewed annually in the light of an assessment of the risks facing the University and the types of protection required to cover those risks.

The Director of Finance is responsible for obtaining quotations, negotiating claims, maintaining the necessary records and dealing with the University's insurers and advisers about specific insurance issues. 

Heads of Budget Centre must give prompt notification to the Director of Finance of any potentially new risks and additional property and equipment which may require insurance, and any alterations to existing risks. Similarly, all claims or incidents likely to give rise to claims must be notified to the Finance Office Insurance Section immediately. 

Any event which could result in an insurance claim being made must be reported to the Finance Office Insurance Section immediately that event occurs or is discovered. Any delay could result in a claim being disallowed. 

The Health and Safety Unit which have particular policies and guidelines in force are able to give advice on specific health and safety issues. The section is headed up by the director Les Wright on 0121 414 5250 or email l.h.wright@bham.ac.uk.

The Health and Safety website address iswww.hsu.bham.ac.uk where a lot of information is available on potential  health and safety risks which can occur.

This is worth a visit to familiarise both staff and students with any issues that may need consideration.

There is now legislation which sets out stringent timetables for the provision of information in support of some claims. Any correspondence in connection with a claim or potential claim must be forwarded to the Finance Office Insurance Section immediately; preferably by hand. It is imperative that no reply or response is given to any such correspondence, not even a simple acknowledgement, as this could invalidate our insurance cover. 

The University holds insurances which will cover employees whilst carrying out their duties. These insurances either respond to claims from employees who suffer injury or damage in the course of their employment or to claims from others who have suffered due to the negligent act, error or omission of an employee.