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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.

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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.
Dec 11, 2017

University names two law firms to £4m contract for legal services

The University of Glasgow has chosen two law firms for a £4m contract to provide legal services.
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.

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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.

Censorship or justified concern?

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A High Court judge recently heard a group of academics' judicial review challenge to a university's decision to withdraw permission for a conference on international law and Israel. Dominic Ruck Keene analyses the judgment.

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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.
Aug 25, 2016

University in North West to re-procure £1.2m legal services panel

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is to re-procure its panel for external legal services, which is worth an estimated £600,000 to £1.2m over four years.
Aug 08, 2016

University issues call for competition for £2m legal advice panel

The University of Bradford has issued a call for competition for a proposed legal services framework worth an estimated £2m over four years.
Aug 08, 2016

University purchasing consortia to combine to set up £70m legal advice panel

Five university purchasing consortia have issued a prior information notice on plans to establish a £70m national framework agreement for legal services.
Jul 01, 2016

Appeal judges rule on remedy for discrimination in student work placements

The Court of Appeal has filled a gap in employment law governing student work placements.
Jun 20, 2016

Stone King opens Leeds office with education law team hire

Leading education law firm Stone King has opened a new office in Leeds with the hire of a partner from Ward Hadaway, Graham Shaw.

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