Watchdog to pursue essay-cheat websites – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in internet, news, penalties, plagiarism, standards, universities by sally

‘The universities watchdog is being asked to pursue websites advertising essay-writing services for students.’

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BBC News, 21st February 2017

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Protective proceedings should not be necessary to maintain right to judicial review of university decisions, court rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 16th, 2017 in complaints, education, judicial review, news, time limits, universities by sally

‘Students wishing to preserve the right to apply for judicial review of a decision by their higher education institution while pursuing independent adjudication need not necessarily apply for protective proceedings, a High Court judge has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th February 2017

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UK legal academics urge PM to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2017 in freedom of expression, legal education, news, rule of law, teachers, universities by sally

‘Theresa May has been urged by 250 legal academics to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit and scale back Britain’s support for the US until he reverses his positions on immigration, refugees, torture, climate change and judicial independence.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2017

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Higher education claims: Court gives general guidance on JR and OIA complaints – Education Blog

‘In three linked cases the Administrative Court has just given important general guidance on the relationship between judicial review proceedings and references to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. The three linked cases were R (Zahid) v University of Manchester, R (Rafique-Aldawery) v St George’s, University of London, and R (Sivasubramaniyam) v University of Leicester [2017] EWHC 188 (Admin). The cases were decided together by judgment of Mr Justice Hickinbottom delivered on 10 February 2017.’

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Education Blog, 13th February 2017

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More than nine in 10 UK universities restrict free speech on campus, report claims – The Independent

Posted February 14th, 2017 in freedom of expression, news, universities by sally

‘More than nine in 10 UK universities are restrictive of free speech, according to a new report that raises concerns over the issue of censorship on campuses.’

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The Independent, 13th February 2017

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Students took equivalent of 300 cups of coffee in botched experiment – The Independent

Posted January 26th, 2017 in costs, fines, health & safety, medical treatment, news, universities by tracey

‘A British university has been fined £400,000 after two of its students were left fighting for their lives following a botched science experiment.’

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The Independent, 25th January 2017

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Oxford University to face £1m landmark trial brought by student who failed to get a first – The Independent

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in damages, economic loss, news, universities by sally

‘The University of Oxford is to face a landmark trial following a £1m compensation claim filed by a former student after he failed to graduate with a first-class degree.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2017

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Sussex University failed duty of care to student assault victim, inquiry finds – The Independent

‘A top UK university failed in its duty of care towards a student who was violently assaulted by her staff lecturer, a formal inquiry has concluded, following an investigation by The Independent.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2017

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Don’t let consultation fatigue saddle generations of future Bar students with more of the status quo: a hugely expensive course with low prospects of acquiring pupillage at the end, argues Guy Fetherstonaugh QC – Counsel

Posted January 17th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, universities by tracey

‘Consultation fatigue is a particular problem for the Bar, with its substantial cohort of busy and independently minded practitioners. But every once in a while, along comes a paper upon which we should all of us express a strong view: the Consultation on the Future of Training for the Bar: Further Routes to Authorisation – prominently the reform of the Bar professional training course (BPTC).’

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Counsel, January 2017

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House of Lords blocks controversial reforms that allow ‘marketisation’ of universities – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2017 in bills, news, universities by sally

‘The vote reflects cross-party hostility to proposed government reforms that peers say could damage the reputation of UK universities.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2017

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New police officers face degree requirement – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2016 in education, news, police, universities by tracey

‘All new police officers in England and Wales will need a degree-level qualification, under plans to get policing fit for the demands of the 21st century. Recruits will have the option of taking up a training post with one of the 43 forces and studying for a degree part-time while working.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2016

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Aggrieved student wins right to challenge degree grade in full trial – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 9th, 2016 in education, examinations, negligence, news, universities by sally

‘This case raises the interesting question of whether a disappointed graduate may call upon the courts to redress a grievance concerning the grade he was given for his degree; not just what his ground of claim should be, but whether this is the kind of grievance which should be navigated through the courts at all. There are some matters which are arguably non-justiciable matters of academic judgment.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th December 2016

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‘Prevent’ counter-extremism strategy faces legal challenge – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2016 in freedom of expression, human rights, news, universities by sally

‘A key part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, Prevent, is to face a legal challenge in the High Court on Tuesday.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2016

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Judge allows Oxford graduate’s £1m high court battle to proceed – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2016 in education, news, striking out, time limits, universities by sally

‘A graduate has won a round in his £1m legal battle over his failure to get a first from Oxford University.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2016

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The ‘snooper’s charter’ is a threat to academic freedom – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, news, universities by sally

‘Increasing online surveillance has serious implications for researchers and study participants. Academics need to be more careful than ever.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2016

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ULaw forced to stop calling itself “UK’s leading law school” – Legal Futures

Posted November 16th, 2016 in advertising, legal education, news, universities by sally

‘The University of Law (ULaw) is to stop claiming that it is the “leading” law school in the UK in the wake of a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).’

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Legal Futures, 16th November 2016

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The criminology course opening the door to education for prisoners – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2016 in crime, legal education, news, prisons, rehabilitation, universities by sally

‘Side by side, Cambridge postgraduates and inmates at a Buckinghamshire prison mull over thorny issues, such as what is legitimate use of power, or why do people obey the law? They are studying criminology together within the walls of HMP Grendon, in small, carefully mixed groups. Over eight weeks they are treated as equals by academic staff; once a week they read, study, discuss and write essays before “graduating” together – though this master’s level study doesn’t carry official university credits.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2016

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Cambridge students build a ‘lawbot’ to advise sexual assault victims – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2016 in computer programs, legal services, news, sexual offences, universities, victims by sally

‘Imagine RoboCop went to Oxbridge – well, it’s nothing like that at all.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2016

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SQE will become part of law degrees and make LPC “redundant” – Legal Futures

Posted October 28th, 2016 in legal education, news, solicitors, universities by sally

‘Some universities will incorporate the first stage of the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) into their law degrees, the education and training director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 28th October 2016

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Why the Higher Education and Research Bill must be amended – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2016 in bills, education, news, universities by sally

‘The Higher Education and Research Bill has to be amended before it undermines the autonomy and vitality of our universities and the UK research base.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2016

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