Law degrees unnecessarily homogenous, research finds – Legal Futures

Posted November 11th, 2019 in legal education, news, standards, universities by sally

‘Law schools are not taking advantage of the “enormous regulatory freedom” they have and instead are largely all offering the same kind of law degree, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 11th November 2019

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University of Law slashes price of bar training course – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 23rd, 2019 in barristers, fees, inns of court, legal education, news, universities by tracey

‘The University of Law has dramatically reduced the price of its bar training course to make it “more accessible and affordable” – after the Inns of Court pledged to deliver a cheaper course for aspiring barristers earlier this year.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd October 2019

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Home Office reverses visa decision for second Oxford academic – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2019 in children, deportation, families, immigration, news, universities, visas by tracey

‘The Home Office has made a sudden U-turn on its decision to ban the young children of an Oxford University professor, Amber Murrey, from living with her in the UK – the second time in a week it has reversed a visa refusal for the child of an Oxford academic following reports in the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2019

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UK to deport academic to Democratic Republic of Congo – which she has never visited – The Guardian

‘Furaha Asani, a young academic at Leicester University, was shocked when her visa application was rejected in August. But real fear set in when she realised Britain plans to deport her in three weeks’ time to the Democratic Republic of Congo – a war-torn country she has never visited and where the Home Office agrees sexual violence is pervasive.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2019

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Sexual violence and harassment cases at universities treble in three years – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 4th, 2019 in harassment, news, sexual offences, statistics, universities by tracey

‘Sexual violence and harassment cases at universities have trebled in three years, as victims reveal their claims are being investigated by novices.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd October 2019

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Regulation unlikely to resolve university sexual misconduct case difficulties – OUT-LAW.com

‘The introduction of new regulations or mandating existing guidance is unlikely to address many of the challenges universities face when handling cases concerning serious misconduct, an expert in universities law has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th September 2019

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‘Staggering’ Home Office disregard for innocent people saw thousands lose visas in cheating scandal, MPs say – The Independent

Posted September 18th, 2019 in delay, examinations, fraud, government departments, news, universities, visas by tracey

‘The Home Office showed “staggering” disregard for innocent people during the visa scandal that saw more than 50,000 overseas students accused of cheating and cost taxpayers nearly £20m, MPs have said. The Public Accounts Committee found that hundreds of people were still protesting their innocence at “great personal cost” more than five years after being accused of fraudulently passing English language tests due to the Home Office’s delay in responding to indications that some may have been wrongly caught up in the probe.’

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The Independent, 18th September 2019

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Universities ‘failing’ victims of sexual misconduct – BBC News

‘Dozens of students who reported sexual assaults to their university have said they were failed by complaints processes that left them traumatised.’

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BBC News, 17th September 2019

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All but one of nine new High Court judges were at Oxbridge – Litigation Futures

Posted August 16th, 2019 in judicial appointments commission, judiciary, news, universities by tracey

‘Nine new High Court judges have been named this week, all but one of whom attended Oxford or Cambridge universities. The Judicial Appointments Commission said that, following an open competition launched in November 2018, it received 64 applications and made 17 recommendations for appointment in June 2019. The exercise was open to practitioners with or without previous judicial experience, but all of these appointments have it.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th August 2019

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Cambridge University graduate sues over handling of sexual harassment complaint – The Independent

Posted August 14th, 2019 in complaints, harassment, news, sex discrimination, universities by michael

‘A former student is suing the University of Cambridge over the way it dealt with her sexual harassment complaint – saying their response left her more traumatised than the harassment itself.’

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The Independent, 14th August 2019

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Cambridge sexual misconduct rule change branded ‘unlawful’ – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2019 in complaints, news, rape, sexual offences, universities by sally

‘Lawyers and women’s groups have condemned a decision by Cambridge University to not investigate some students’ complaints of sexual misconduct, including rape, warning it was potentially unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2019

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Home Office used ‘confused, misleading, incomplete and unsafe’ evidence to revoke visas of tens of thousands of international students, report finds – The Independent

‘Tens of thousands of international students had their visas revoked after the Home Office used “confused, misleading, incomplete and unsafe” evidence, MPs have said. The department ignored expert advice and relied on “dodgy” evidence when it accused almost 34,000 students of cheating in English language tests in 2015, according to a new report published by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on the Test of English for International Communication (Toeic).’

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The Independent, 18th July 2019

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Police force takes legal action over policy requiring new officers to have a degree – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 12th, 2019 in budgets, education, judicial review, news, police, universities by sally

‘A police force is taking legal action over the controversial policy requiring all new officers to have a degree qualification.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2019

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The Warwick ‘rape chat’ case exposes universities’ failings on sexual violence – The Guardian

‘A series of mishandled sexual assault cases have shown how university policies aren’t supporting students.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2019

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Inns of Court to be first provider of new Bar training course – Legal Futures

Posted July 12th, 2019 in barristers, inns of court, legal education, news, universities by sally

‘The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) is set to be the first organisation approved to run the new Bar training course, which it is doing on a not-for-profit basis.’

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Legal Futures, 12th July 2019

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The lawyer who wants more academics to ‘come out’ as working class – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2019 in diversity, equality, human rights, news, universities by sally

‘The founder of the Association of Working Class Academics is fighting for class to be recognised in equality law as well as race and gender.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2019

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University conducted flawed disciplinary proceedings in removing MA student from social work over disapproval of homosexual acts: Court of Appeal – Local Government Lawyer

‘A university conducted flawed disciplinary proceedings when it removed an MA student from a social work course for fitness to practice reasons, after he expressed religions views on a public social media platform disapproving of homosexual acts.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th July 2019

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Christian wins appeal after being thrown off social work course – The Guardian

‘A devout Christian thrown off a university social work course after being accused of posting derogatory comments about gay and bisexual people on Facebook has won the latest round of a legal battle.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2019

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White students still way out ahead in race for pupillages – Legal Futures

‘White students are significantly more likely to obtain pupillage than those from BAME backgrounds, with the gap widest among those who have not achieved the highest results, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 4th July 2019

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Anti-vaxxer paid compensation by Cardiff University after being kicked off their course for their beliefs – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 2nd, 2019 in compensation, medical treatment, medicines, news, universities by sally

‘An anti-vaxxer was paid compensation by Cardiff University after being kicked off their course for their beliefs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2019

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