Competition law and public services: insights from the OFT report into higher education – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 28th, 2014 in competition, education, news, reports, universities by sally

‘Recent public sector reforms have relied on choice and competition to increase the quality and quantity of service provision, whilst also controlling cost, through a programme known as Open Public Services. The use of choice and competition gives rise to public service markets, and ensuring that these markets function effectively is one of the Competition and Markets Authority’s declared objectives. Higher education constitutes one of the larger public service markets, and to understand how the market for undergraduate education in England functions, in October 2013, the OFT launched a Call For Information. Amongst other things, the OFT wished to consider whether it was plausible for universities to have arrived at a uniform fee for all their undergraduate courses without colluding, and whether the way prospective undergraduates apply for university places could harm competition between institutions, to the detriment of students. The OFT’s higher education report, published in March 2014, provides useful insights into the role of competition law in public service markets and of the challenges of apply competition law in public service markets.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 27th October 2014

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GCSE and A-level results changed for 43,500 on appeal – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2014 in appeals, education, examinations, news by sally

‘More than 43,000 exam grades from this summer have been changed after schools challenged the results, up by 15%.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2014

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European Convention on Human Rights: What has it ever done for us? – The Independent

‘As the Tories attempt to dilute the treaty’s authority in the UK, James Cusick takes a look at the difference it has made.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2014

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Academy loses High Court passing off action brought against private college – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in education, intellectual property, news, trade marks by tracey

‘An academy school has lost an action for passing-off taken against a nearby private college.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd October 2014

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Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part IV – No. 5 Chambers

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the final part of this series, Richard Gibbs writes that the criminal justice system is predicated on finding the fairest way of dealing with juveniles.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 10th September 2014

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Prison book restriction ‘harms studying’ – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2014 in education, libraries, Ministry of Justice, news, prison officers, prisons by sally

‘Restrictions on the number of books prisoners in England and Wales can have in their cells is inhibiting inmates’ ability to learn, a charity warns.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2014

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Mother prosecuted for forging document to win daughter school place – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 23rd, 2014 in education, fines, forgery, news, sentencing by sally

‘Lura Pacheco, 34, was fined £500 and sentenced to 100 hours’ community service after first prosecution for ‘education tourism’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2014

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Students without indefinite leave to are ineligible for student loans – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 11th, 2014 in appeals, education, human rights, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘The United Kingdom was not in breach of the human rights of those individuals ineligible for student loans because they did not have indefinite leave to remain in the country. The relevant legislation limits eligibility for student loans to those who are “settled” in the United Kingdom (within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 ) and who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th September 2014

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Ofsted: government failing to act over long-term NEETs – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 8th, 2014 in education, employment, news, ombudsmen, school children, statistics by sally

‘Ofsted warns that reforms designed to prevent school leavers becoming NEETs – not in education, employment or training – merely end up “delaying their fall” into the category at a later stage.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2014

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Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part I – No. 5 Chambers

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the first of this four part series, Nav Virk sets out the general philosophical underpinnings of the current policy approach.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 21st August 2014

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Changing legal education – OUP Blog

‘Martin Partington discussed a range of careers in his podcasts yesterday. Today [20 August], he tackles how new legal issues and developments in the professional environment have in turn changed organizational structures, rules and regulations, and aspects of legal education.’

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OUP Blog, 20th August 2014

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Parents ordered to pay £23k school fees after judge throws out race claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 31st, 2014 in bullying, costs, education, fees, news, racism by michael

‘Parents who refused to pay their private school fees – claiming their three sons had been been bullied and racially abused at a vegetarian school – have had their complaints thrown out by a High Court judge.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2014

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Regina (Afzaal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted July 18th, 2014 in education, immigration, judicial review, law reports, visas by tracey

Regina (Afzaal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; [2014] EWHC 2215 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 313

‘Immigration rules, made pursuant to section 3(2) of the Immigration Act 1971, specified the conditions to be attached in the case of a student clearance visa and no further administrative action to impose a condition was required. The description of the relevant entry clearance as a tier 4 general student clearance followed by the reference number of the sponsor body, and its repetition in conjunction with the other obligatory conditions, was sufficient endorsement of the condition for the purposes of the Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2000.’

WLR Daily, 9th July 2014

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Trojan Horse: Council findings to be released – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2014 in education, inquiries, Islam, news, reports, school children by tracey

‘An inquiry into 25 schools in Birmingham investigated over the alleged “Trojan Horse” plot is due to publish its findings later. Sir Ian Kershaw’s report was ordered by Birmingham City Council after claims some Muslim groups were attempting to take control of a number of schools.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2014

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Academies and FOI – Panopticon

Posted July 17th, 2014 in education, freedom of information, news, tribunals by tracey

‘The question of whether information is ‘held’ by a public authority for FOIA or EIR purposes can raise difficulties. This is especially so where the boundaries between public and private service provision are blurred: consider outsourcing, privatisation of services, public/private partnerships, joint ventures, the use of external consultants and so on. Legal separation and practical day-to-day realities can often point in different directions in terms of who holds information on whose behalf.’

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Panopticon, 16th July 2014

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Enforced Academisation – Education Law Blog

Posted July 15th, 2014 in education, news by tracey

‘A judicial review challenge to an enforced academisation has failed in R (Governing Body of the Warren Comphrehensive School) v Secretary of State for Education [2014] EWHC 2252 (Admin).’

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Education Law Blog, 14th July 2014

Source: www.education11kbw.com

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Foreign students in high court bid to complete their UK courses – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2014 in education, immigration, news, universities, visas by tracey

‘Group who paid £8,500 each to study in London say they are victims of failed deal between Glyndwr University and a private college.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2014

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Copyright for the digital age: a partial implementation of the Hargreaves review – Technology Law Update

Posted June 6th, 2014 in copyright, education, licensing, news by sally

‘This week saw the introduction of some of the UK government’s new exceptions to copyright. These are intended to bring in changes to update copyright law for the digital age, implementing the 2011 Hargreaves Review. But several of the more controversial measures have been held up in the parliamentary process and have yet to take effect.’

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Technology Law Update, 6th June 2014

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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Researchers given ‘data mining’ right under new UK copyright laws – OUT-LAW.com

‘Copying content from online journals or other texts for the purposes of non-commercial research is no longer an infringement of UK copyright laws providing copiers have lawful access to that content and they, generally, make “a sufficient acknowledgement” of the original work.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd June 2014

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Watchdog to investigate private colleges’ potential misuse of millions – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2014 in education, loans, news, select committees by sally

‘Margaret Hodge calls in audit office after Guardian reveals colleges offer access to loans for students who don’t attend.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2014

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