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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Cardiff student’s bid for compensation for lecturer strikes – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2018 in compensation, industrial action, news, universities by sally

‘A student has launched a campaign calling for Cardiff University to compensate students for lost lessons as lecturers go on strike.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2017

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Oxford University not at fault for graduate’s 2:1 as he may have ‘simply coasted’, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 8th, 2018 in examinations, news, universities by tracey

‘Oxford University was not at fault for a graduate’s 2:1 degree as he may have “simply coasted”, a judge has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2018

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University of Cambridge admits ‘significant’ problem with sexual misconduct – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 6th, 2018 in complaints, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences, universities by tracey

‘The University of Cambridge has admitted that it has a “significant problem” with sexual misconduct after receiving almost 200 complaints in a matter of months.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th February 2018

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‘Serious failing’: inquiry to scrutinise Toby Young’s OfS appointment – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2018 in education, government departments, inquiries, news, universities by tracey

‘An inquiry has been launched into the “serious failing” of appointing Toby Young to the board of the Office for Students without studying his long history of incendiary comments, the commissioner for public appointments has said.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2018

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Graduate in £1m claim was badly let down by Oxford, court told – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in economic loss, legal profession, negligence, news, time limits, universities by sally

‘An Oxford graduate is suing the university for £1m on the grounds that his failure to get a top degree 17 years ago cost him the chance of a lucrative legal career.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2017

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University support staff launch landmark case over pay and conditions – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2017 in contracting out, employment, news, trade unions, universities by sally

‘A union is launching a legal challenge over the rights of 75 university support staff to negotiate their pay and conditions in a landmark case that could improve rights for outsourced workers.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2017

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‘Outsourced’ workers seek better deal in landmark case – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2017 in contracting out, employment, news, universities by sally

‘A group of 75 workers, including porters and receptionists, are going to tribunal to gain more rights at work.’

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BBC News, 21st November 2017

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Six universities told to change advertising claims – BBC news

Posted November 15th, 2017 in advertising, complaints, news, universities by tracey

‘The advertising watchdog has told six UK universities to take down marketing claims that could be misleading. Leicester, East Anglia, Strathclyde, Falmouth, Teesside and the University of West London have all had complaints upheld against them.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2017

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Universities to be warned over misleading adverts – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2017 in advertising, complaints, news, universities by tracey

‘Universities are going to face a crackdown on how they advertise and market courses to attract students.’

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BBC News, 10th November 2017

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