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Student matters in higher education

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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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Bettina Rigg

Bettina Rigg

Partner and Head of Higher Education

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