I thought I would take some time and share some cases I have recently been involved in – I have been representing a student who has been investigated for plagiarism and/or collusion. Three students had similar work, student A had in fact copied from Student B and C. Student B could provide clear evidence of […]

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I receive a number of cases relating to issues surrounding reasonable adjustments and competency standards. They are always difficult to advise on because they are very fact specific and are not of the nature where you can give general advice on the issue. You really do have to look into the individual facts of the […]

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Anyone who has ever been involved in the Fitness to Practise (FTP) process will know just how serious and stressful it can be. It is not something to be taken lightly, and whereas in the professional arena there is no doubt that anyone subjected to the process would require and warrant qualified legal representation, it […]

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I was recently involved in a case where an international PhD student, who after three years of working on his thesis, was not granted his PhD. He went to his viva, after two hours of hard talk, he was told his work was not of standard and not worthy of a PhD. No downgrading to […]

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Recently I was representing a medical student who had been excluded from Medical School for failure to progress. The student in question had a disability and as per the disability was entitled to extra time during examinations. The extra time had been implemented during written components of the exams, however no adjustments to timings were […]

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As the first cohort of students who had to pay £9,000 per year in University fees graduate this year, I wonder how they found their University experience, was it value for money? Are they more consumer savvy? The fees certainly have not impacted the numbers applying for places at Universities, as was initially predicted. However, […]

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The OIA received a total of 2,175 cases –   200 students received pay-outs as a result of OIA intervention 59% of Complaints to the OIA were unjustified 14% were considered ineligible 5% were withdrawn Approximately 23% of cases were justified or partly justified Approximately 500 students were successful in their cases to the OIA […]

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I recently had a Fitness to Practice case regarding a nursing student at an English based University. The student came to me because she was concerned she was not going to get the best advice from the Union, which is fine, her prerogative. I took on the case for her, prepared the submissions, liaised with […]

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For years Universities have been able to hide behind academic judgment, quickly following suit was the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). However, does the recent ruling in a case by a medical student at the University of Leicester limit the OIA’s scope on this issue? The medical student’s case was considered unjustified in the […]

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Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has announced that his party would lower fees as of September 2016 if elected, something he said “will benefit those starting courses next year” and “will benefit those already at university”. Apparently many students would welcome this change in policy and it would potentially help make higher education more accessible to […]

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