“Prevent” ban on extremist speakers at universities is “unlawful”, Court of Appeal rules – Daily Telegraph

‘”Prevent” ban on extremist speakers at universities is “unlawful”, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2019

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‘Free speech’ guidance issued for universities’ – OUT-LAW.com

‘Universities could be breaking the law if they, or their students’ unions, hold speaking events on campus and refuse to allow certain people or groups to put across their views, according to new ‘free speech’ guidance.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th February 2019

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Warwick students suspended for rape chat ‘won’t return’ – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2019 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, internet, news, rape, universities by tracey

‘Two University of Warwick students, who were involved in an online group chat that threatened rape, will not be returning, despite a ban on their attendance being lifted. The pair were barred from the campus for 10 years, but this was reduced to 12 months after they appealed.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2018

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Students banned from accessing university emails for failing to pay rent, going against CMA rules – Daily Telegraph

‘Students have been banned from accessing university emails and shut out from campus libraries after failing to pay rent, it has been revealed. Undergraduates at the University of Liverpool who live in university-owned accommodation and are unable to pay their rent on time are being handed “academic sanctions”, contrary to Competition and Markets Authority rules.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2019

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Could student loans ruling mean the system is redesigned? – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2018 in education, loans, news, universities by sally

‘An announcement on Monday could affect the future of the student loans system.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2018

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New Judgment: Williams v Trustees of Swansea University Pension and Assurance Scheme & Anor [2018] UKSC 65 – UKSC Blog

Posted December 18th, 2018 in disability discrimination, news, pensions, Supreme Court, universities by sally

‘The claimant appealed against a decision that the calculation of an enhancement under the ill-health early retirement provisions of his pension was not unfavourable treatment that constituted discrimination arising from disability.’

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UKSC Blog, 17th December 2018

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Oxbridge applicants misled by personal statements company, Advertising Standards Authority rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 12th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, consumer protection, news, universities by sally

‘Oxbridge applicants purchasing £150 pre-written personal statement were misled after believing they could pass them off as their own work, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th December 2018

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Equality watchdog launches inquiry into racial harassment at universities – The Guardian

‘Britain’s equality watchdog has launched an inquiry into racial harassment at universities amid mounting evidence of students and staff from minority groups facing abuse.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2018

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What are your rights on university initiation ceremonies – BBC News

Posted November 30th, 2018 in alcohol abuse, bullying, complaints, disciplinary procedures, news, universities by sally

‘Currently, universities don’t have to abide by any set guidelines around student initiations.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2018

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Universities: Is free speech under threat? – BBC News

‘A Parliamentary inquiry has reported, regulator the Office for Students has threatened to fine universities that fail to uphold free speech and the Equality and Human Rights Commission is drawing up guidelines for universities.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2018

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Duty to care for student mental health has legal implications for universities – OUT-LAW.com

‘Universities have a duty to support students with mental health issues, but there are a series of legal issues that they need to consider which should shape how they do so.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th October 2018

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Environmental Law and the core of legal learning: framing the future of environmental lawyers – OUP Blog

Posted October 16th, 2018 in environmental protection, legal education, news, solicitors, universities by sally

‘Environmental law has not been taught or seen as a ‘core’ legal subject, giving environmental law academics freedom to teach the subject in many different ways. This structural sidelining, however, belies important questions about how teaching environmental law relates to the core of legal learning. We are not suggesting that there is a core of environmental law knowledge that every student should learn (although there is lots to learn), but that it is important to reflect on whether there are core legal concepts, reasoning processes and skills that all environmental lawyers should have. This issue is now particularly pertinent as the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales is ‘releasing’ the LLB from its conventional structure of core legal subjects, so that existing assumptions about how environmental law relates to the core of (undergraduate) legal learning are up for grabs.’

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OUP Blog, 15th October 2018

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Serial harassers who target a new student every year working in universities, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2018 in employment, harassment, news, reports, sexual grooming, universities by tracey

‘Universities are employing serial sex abusers who date a different student every year, a report has found. Research by campaigners the 1752 Group and the University of Portsmouth found that university staff who had had inappropriate relationships with one student or junior colleague were likely to have behaved similarly with others.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th September 2018

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Three-quarters of new deputy High Court judges went to Oxbridge – Litigation Futures

Posted September 5th, 2018 in equality, judiciary, news, universities by sally

‘Three-quarters of new deputy High Court judges, announced yesterday, are Oxbridge graduates, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th September 2018

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Funding Freshers – who pays for an older child’s university tuition fees on divorce? – Family Law

‘This month thousands of people up and down the country found out whether they had done enough to get into their university of choice. After a long, hard slog involving many sacrificed weekends and evenings, Freshers’ Week will no doubt provide some much needed light relief before it’s time to do it all over again over the next three to four years.’

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Family Law, 28th August 2018

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Universities face balancing act with serious misconduct complaints-handling – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 16th, 2018 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, misfeasance, news, rape, universities by sally

‘The challenges universities face when handling complaints of alleged serious misconduct, and the significant implications of getting it wrong, has been highlighted in a recent case involving a US university.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th August 2018

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Government to face IWGB union in landmark court case for outsourced workers’ rights – The Independent

‘The government is taking on a union in court in a landmark case that could have huge ramifications for the UK’s army of 3.3 million outsourced workers, many of whom have fewer rights and face worse pay and conditions than in-house colleagues doing the same jobs.’

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The Independent, 7th August 2018

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Sharpening up on cyber could open data doors for universities – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 1st, 2018 in data protection, news, universities by sally

‘There is “room for improvement” in the way universities manage data. That was the recent stark message from the UK’s data protection watchdog for a sector that derives great value from the data it holds.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st July 2018

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MPs want new watchdog to root out research misconduct – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2018 in fraud, news, select committees, universities by tracey

‘A national watchdog that has the power to punish British universities for failing to tackle research misconduct is needed to ensure that sloppy practices and outright fraud are caught and dealt with fast, MPs say.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2018

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University pioneers legal tech course for law degree students – Legal Futures

Posted June 11th, 2018 in computer programs, legal education, news, universities by sally

‘Manchester University has launched what is understood to be the first legal technology course for law degree students in England and Wales.’

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Legal Futures, 7th June 2018

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