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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New report shows that becoming a barrister remains highly competitive – Bar Standard Board

Posted May 10th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, news, reports, universities by sally

‘The BSB has today published the fourth annual edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th May 2018

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Universities which ‘no-platform’ controversial speakers will face Government intervention – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 3rd, 2018 in freedom of expression, news, universities by tracey

‘Universities which “no-platform” controversial speakers will face a Government intervention for the first time in 30 years, the higher education minister will say today.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd May 2018

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Students take court action over hours lost during strike – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2018 in compensation, industrial action, news, pensions, teachers, universities by sally

‘More than 1,000 students have signed up to a lawsuit seeking compensation for lost teaching hours during recent strike action by university staff, which could cost universities millions of pounds.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2018

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Trainee barristers told they will be marked down for wearing short skirts – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2018 in barristers, examinations, freedom of expression, news, universities by tracey

‘Trainee barristers are being told they will be docked points in their exams if they wear short skirts, colourful socks or “kinky boots”. A handbook at the BPP university law school warns students that they may lose points if they do not adopt an extremely conservative dress code in their advocacy assessments.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2018

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St Hugh’s College in Oxford sets up harassment inquiry – BBC News

Posted April 13th, 2018 in harassment, inquiries, news, universities by tracey

‘Allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment at an Oxford University college will be investigated by an independent inquiry.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2018

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Universities urged to get ‘basics right’ on sexual harassment – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 4th, 2018 in disclosure, employment, harassment, news, sexual offences, universities by sally

‘Universities must do more to address sexual harassment or face legal and reputational consequences, an employment law expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd April 2018

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Essay-writing company’s adverts banned – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in advertising, misrepresentation, news, universities by sally

‘An essay-writing company has had its adverts banned after they were deemed to be misleading to students.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2018

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Judge disapplies QOCS for part of solicitor’s failed claim over quality of Oxford teaching – Litigation Futures

Posted March 20th, 2018 in costs, news, personal injuries, solicitors, universities by sally

‘A High Court judge has disapplied qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) for part of a failed claim by a solicitor that Oxford University was to blame for a worse-than-expected degree that he said has affected his career to date.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th March 2018

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University vows to robustly defend legal action over quality of degree course – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 14th, 2018 in contracts, misrepresentation, news, universities by sally

‘Anglia Ruskin University has said it will robustly defend legal action brought by a former student over what she has said were misleading claims about the quality of teaching.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th March 2018

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