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May 22, 2018

University hit with £120k monetary penalty for "serious" security breach

The University of Greenwich has become the first university to be fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), after a “serious” security breach involving the personal data of nearly 20,000 people including students and…
May 15, 2018

Court of Appeal ruling published on refusal to cut £300k health and safety fine for university

The reasons why the Court of Appeal refused to cut a £300,000 fine imposed on a London university for a health and safety offence have become clear this week with the publication of its ruling on Bailii.
Apr 25, 2018

More than 1,000 university students sign up to group claim over lost teaching time

More than 1,000 students in the UK have signed up to a group claim for breach of contract over lost teaching time against universities affected by industrial action, the law firm behind the scheme has said.
Apr 18, 2018

Cardiff University to undertake market engagement for legal services procurement

Cardiff University has given notice of its plans to run a procurement to establish a legal services framework for representation and advice in relation to a wide range of its legal needs.
Apr 03, 2018

University to procure £5m legal services framework agreement

The University of Sheffield is to set up a legal services framework agreement worth an estimated £5m over four years.

Features and analysis

Universities and the Prevent Duty

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The High Court has ruled on a legal challenge over the Prevent Duty guidance issued to higher education institutions. Paul Bowen QC and Zahra Al-Rikabi explain the outcome.

Higher education claims

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The Administrative Court has given general guidance on judicial review and Office for the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) complaints. Jonathan Auburn reports.

Older articles

Oct 31, 2017

Court rejects challenge to dismissal of student over comments on homosexuality

The University of Sheffield was right to dismiss a student from a professional social work course after he posted hostile comments about homosexuality on a website, the High Court has found.
Sep 21, 2017

Procurement body for Scottish education institutions to set up £3m legal panel

A procurement body for universities and colleges in Scotland is to establish a legal services framework worth an estimated £3m over five years.
Sep 13, 2017

Equalities watchdog sets up £500k fund for discrimination in education cases

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a £500,000 scheme aimed at fighting discrimination in education.
Aug 24, 2017

Universities and the Prevent Duty

The High Court has ruled on a legal challenge over the Prevent Duty guidance issued to higher education institutions. Paul Bowen QC and Zahra Al-Rikabi explain the outcome.
Aug 04, 2017

University appoints two firms to £500k legal services contract

The University of Bradford has named two firms to a legal services contract worth an estimated £500,000.
Jun 14, 2017

University appoints three law firms to £2.7m legal services panel

The University of Edinburgh has appointed three law firms to a £2.7m, three-year legal services panel.
May 24, 2017

Kent and 21 law firms named on national higher education legal panel

Kent County Council Legal Services, which will next month become alternative business structure Invicta Law, has been appointed alongside 21 law firms to a new national legal services framework agreement for the higher education sector worth…
Apr 18, 2017

University of Glasgow to procure legal services contract

The University of Glasgow has begun the procurement of a legal services contract that could last up to four years.
Apr 10, 2017

Pinsent Masons advises university on £197m student accommodation deal

Pinsent Masons has advised the University of Sussex on its East Slope Residences project, a £197m student accommodation deal which has reached financial close.
Mar 02, 2017

Ministers to enshrine Haldane Principle on research into law

The Haldane Principle of keeping political factors out of decisions on research funding will be enshrined in the Higher Education and Research Bill, universities minister Jo Johnson has said.
Feb 23, 2017

Universities minister to clamp down on "essay mill" websites

The Government is to look for ways to thwart the growth of ‘essay mills’ - websites that allow students to buy custom-written essays that they can pass off as their own.
Feb 16, 2017

Higher education claims

The Administrative Court has given general guidance on judicial review and Office for the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) complaints. Jonathan Auburn reports.
Jan 03, 2017

University names eight providers to £4m legal services panel

The University of Exeter has named eight law firms and patent agents to a legal services framework agreement worth between £1m and £4m over a four-year period.
Dec 28, 2016

West Midlands university names six firms to £4m legal panel

Coventry University Higher Education Group has appointed six law firms to a panel worth up to £4m over four years.
Dec 12, 2016

University to set up panel of three law firms for contract worth up to £1.5m

The University of Lincoln is to award a framework agreement with three suppliers to cover high-level legal requirements.
Dec 07, 2016

Oxford University fails to have claim over alleged negligent teaching struck out

The University of Oxford has failed to persuade a High Court judge to strike out a claim brought by a former student over the quality of teaching on a history course more than 15 years ago.
Nov 23, 2016

Skills Funding Agency warning university of legal action in planning row: MP

The University of Lincoln faces legal action by the government in a planning dispute, according to Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough.
Oct 24, 2016

Accountancy giants win spots alongside law firms on universities legal framework

The North West Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) has named the legal arms of three accountancy giants alongside two law firms for a new legal services framework.
Oct 19, 2016

Prevent strategy "creates serious risk of human rights violations": report

The Government’s Prevent strategy in health and education “creates a serious risk of human rights violations and is also counterproductive”, it has been claimed.
Oct 19, 2016

Higher education purchasing consortia to set up national legal services panel

Five purchasing consortia for the higher education sector in England and Wales are to establish a National Framework Agreement for Legal Services.

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