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student matters in higher education

higher education

The UK’s world leading reputation in higher education has resulted in universities becoming some of the most diverse institutions in the country. The complex and multi-faceted needs of an institution’s student population bring considerable issues and challenges for higher education institutions (HEIs).

Our team of higher education lawyers are experienced in advising HEIs on the wide range of academic and non-academic related issues that can arise in relation to their student population. They have experience of operational issues following secondments to a range of HEIs.

What we offer

We advise on the full range of student related matters facing universities including:

  • The student contract and consumer law
  • The Office for Students (OfS) and regulatory matters relating to students
  • Allegations of discrimination
  • Admissions
  • Registry
  • Support for disabled students
  • Student complaints and appeals including matters referred to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator and the civil courts
  • Student disciplinary investigations and appeals
  • Safeguarding and mental well-being
  • Immigration advice to HEIs relating to students
  • Support with criminal investigations and inquests
  • Crisis management and reputational challenges

Why choose Browne Jacobson

We are a national team of lawyers advising HEIs on student matters. For more information about our legal services for higher education please contact Bettina Rigg.

recent experience

  • Acting for a university on a student complaint about an alleged lack of transparency over additional costs on a masters’ course, unsuitable module tutors and several other issues.

  • Acting for a university on a student’s disability discrimination claim where the student alleged that the discrimination ultimately led to her being unable to acquire a qualification.

  • Advising a university on the consumer rights aspects of a move to a greater on-line provision of teaching including advising on the regulatory framework, and the latest guidance from the Office for Students and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

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Ask the experts: managing people and health and safety matters during a pandemic

Human resource teams in higher education institutions continue to deal with the challenges brought about by coronavirus. In this on-demand video, our experts help you at this critical time to answer the questions that really matter to you.

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Legal updates

be connected newsletter for higher education - October 2020

In this edition we provide you with the latest in legal updates, news and insight from the higher education sector.

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Legal updates

The Electronic Communications Code – Is the tide turning in favour of landowners?

Mention telecoms masts to most estate teams and you will immediately see that they are not their favourite topic and recently negotiations have been made more difficult by virtue of the rights the telecoms providers have under the new Electronic Communications Code.

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Legal updates

Could your new Covid-19 related intellectual property (IP) be commandeered by the Crown?

Universities across the nation have been working valiantly to produce a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, otherwise known as Covid-19, in addition to working tirelessly on new testing options. It is easy in these times to forget that universities may still own valuable intellectual property (IP) created in these efforts.

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Bettina Rigg

Bettina Rigg

Partner and Head of Higher Education

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