Prisoners study alongside Durham University undergraduates in unique criminology course – The Independent

Posted January 25th, 2016 in education, news, prisons, rehabilitation, universities by sally

‘When it comes to learning, nothing can compare to real-life experience – as a group of prisoners has proved in a ground-breaking new university course. Inmates at high-security Frankland Prison in County Durham have been studying alongside undergraduates from Durham University in a unique criminology programme. And it is the prisoners who are coming top of the class.’

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The Independent, 25th January 2016

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Higher education reform much-needed, but government must take time to get the framework right, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘Reforming higher education in England is both long overdue, and vitally needed to protect the sector’s hard-won reputation.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th January 2016

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Bar regulator announces important developments in the 2016 Bar Professional Training Course – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 1st, 2015 in barristers, examinations, legal education, press releases, universities by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has three announcements to make about the BPTC today. First, today the regulator is publishing statistics about students and providers of the BPTC. Second, there will be changes to the formats of the centralised assessments. Third, the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), which is an entry requirement, will be deferred until at least March 2016, pending completion of a review.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st December 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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How students use FOI to investigate their universities – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2015 in freedom of information, news, universities by sally

‘Perhaps you want to know which universities make the most in library fines, or are curious about what the gender pay gap is like at the top. Or maybe you suspect your university staff are spending too much on first-class rail tickets or the dean’s office furnishings. These are just some of the ways that students are using freedom of information (FOI) requests to find out eye-opening facts about their universities’ activities.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2015

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#killallwhitemen row: charges dropped against student diversity officer – The Guardian

‘Bahar Mustafa, the Goldsmiths student diversity officer who was due to appear in court after allegedly tweeting the hashtag #killallwhitemen, has had charges against her dropped.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2015

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Insisting on a 2:1 degree for barristers “could discriminate against BAME students” – Legal Futures

‘Insisting on an upper second class degree for future barristers could impose a “discriminatory burden” on BAME students, who are less likely to obtain them, a leading academic has argued in response to a Bar Standards Board (BSB) consultation that raises the possibility.’

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Legal Futures, 29th October 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Three in four universities ‘breach law on website information’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 23rd, 2015 in consumer protection, fees, internet, news, universities by sally

‘Three quarters of universities are breaching consumer law by failing to tell students what their fees will buy them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2015

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University of Sussex to pay student protester £20,000 in damages – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2015 in damages, defamation, demonstrations, news, universities by sally

‘The University of Sussex has apologised to a former student, admitting there was “no truth” in its claim that he’d led an unlawful occupation of the university and carried out acts of criminal behaviour.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2015

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NUS begins legal action to prevent government scrapping maintenance grants – The Guardian

Posted September 25th, 2015 in budgets, education, equality, loans, news, trade unions, universities by sally

‘The National Union of Students has begun legal action to prevent the government scrapping maintenance grants.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2015

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Sexual harassment and universities’ legal obligations – the government’s new taskforce – Education Law Blog

‘Many of you will have heard about the government’s recent decision to set up a taskforce to tackle violence against women on campus. (See the government press release here.) This move is timeous or long overdue (depending on your viewpoint) in the light of the accumulating momentum of campaigns by various individuals and organisations to highlight the high incidence of sexual violence/harassment on campus.’

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Education Law Blog, 23rd September 2015

Source: www.education11kbw.com

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Universities must bear consumer law in mind when marketing courses on social media, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in advertising, consumer protection, internet, news, universities by sally

‘FOCUS: As universities adopt increasingly innovative tactics to recruit new students, they must be careful not to ignore their obligations under consumer protection law and must comply with regulatory guidance.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd September 2015

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ULaw to students: get half your fees back if you’re not working in ‘legal or commerce’ after nine months – The Lawyer

Posted August 5th, 2015 in fees, legal education, news, repayment, universities by sally

‘The University of Law promised to reimburse Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduates with 50 per cent of their fees if they fail to find employment within the “legal and commerce fields” after nine months of graduating.’

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The Lawyer, 4th August 2015

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Regina (Tigere) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Just For Kids Law intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Tigere) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Just For Kids Law intervening) [2015] UKSC 57; [2015] WLR (D) 342

‘The settlement criterion, which precluded persons with discretionary leave to remain in the United Kingdom from eligibility to receive student loans within the meaning of the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2011, discriminated unlawfully against a person with such leave who had lived and been educated in England for most of her life and was integrated into United Kingdom society.’

WLR Daily, 29th July 2015

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Supreme Court: a right to a student loan? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 4th, 2015 in appeals, education, human rights, immigration, news, Supreme Court, universities by sally

‘Ms Tigere is 20. She arrived in the UK from Zambia when she was 6. She did very well at school. In 2013, she applied for a student loan to fund a university place.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd August 2015

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Students to be recruited from second year as graduate recruitment code is transformed – The Lawyer

‘Law firms will be able to recruit future trainees from their second year at university due to a change in the graduate recruitment code.’

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The Lawyer, 29th July 2015

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Education law in the news – Education Law Blog

Posted July 21st, 2015 in bills, education, legal aid, news, regulations, universities by tracey

‘There have been a few interesting education stories in the news recently.’

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Education Law Blog, 18th July 2015

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Regulator consults on what could be the most sweeping reforms to Bar training in a generation; keen to seek views from all – Bar Standards Board

‘Future barristers may be able to achieve their career aspirations by a number of different, more flexible pathways if some of the approaches being considered by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are implemented.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th July 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Jails and universities obliged to prevent radicalisation as new act becomes law – The Guardian

‘Local authorities, prisons, NHS trusts, schools, universities and further education institutions will this week be placed under a new statutory duty to prevent extremist radicalisation taking place within their walls.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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Students awarded £400,000 compensation after complaints – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2015 in compensation, complaints, news, universities by sally

‘Universities in England and Wales paid £400,000 in compensation to students last year, following complaints.’
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BBC News, 18th June 2015

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International students – Education Law Blog

‘R (London College of Finance and Accounting) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2015) EWHC 1688 (Admin) is yet another decision on an attempted judicial review of the suspension and/or revocation of a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence. The power of the Secretary of State (“the SoS”) to issue and regulate Tier 4 Sponsor Licences is one of a range of ancillary and incidental administrative powers vested in the SoS. The regime is effectively run by the ‘UK Visas and Immigration’ (“UKVI”) section within the Home Office and its operation is governed not by the Immigration Act 1971 itself, but within policy guidance documentation (‘Sponsor Guidance’) which is issued and amended on behalf of the SoS with “bewildering frequency” (per Lord Sumption in New London College).’

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Education Law Blog, 18th June 2015

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