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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.
Mar 14, 2018

University vows to robustly defend legal action over quality of degree course

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.
Feb 28, 2018

University appoints two legal providers after bidders could not be separated

The University of Aberdeen has appointed two bidders to provide legal services worth £500,000 over four years.
Jan 05, 2018

New regulator for higher education comes into force

A new regulator for higher education, The Office for Students (OfS), has legally come into force from the beginning of this month.

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.

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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.
Oct 18, 2016

University appoints three law firms to £600k contract

Aston University has appointed three law firms to a £600,000 contract to provide legal support.
Sep 20, 2016

Exeter University to set up legal services panel worth up to £4m

The University of Exeter is to appoint a panel of legal services providers to a contract worth up to £4m over four years.
Sep 08, 2016

Coventry University to procure legal panels worth £2m to £8m

Coventry University is to procure a legal services framework worth between £2m and £8m and to be made available to West Midlands universities.

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