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Be connected newsletter for higher education - October 2020

21 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

Covid-19 Risks – Prepare, Communicate and Review

As students and staff become embedded into the ‘new normal’ of campus life, health and safety experts Steph McGarry and Rachel Lyne take a look at some of the practical issues affecting the Higher Education sector during the pandemic.

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Covid, intellectual property and the Crown

Universities across the nation have been working valiantly to produce a vaccine for Covid-19, in addition to working tirelessly on new testing options. At times like these it is easy to forget that valuable intellectual property (IP) will be created in these efforts and that universities might be vulnerable to exploitation from both private sector profit-seeking organisations and even from the Crown.

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Getting the best out of virtual HR casework meetings

We take the opportunity to look to our in-house HR experts for tips on conducting employee relations during a pandemic. Sharing his experiences of operating in a virtual world, HR Consultant Paul Miner discusses what went well and how he has overcome the challenges of conducting meetings electronically.

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Governance during the pandemic and beyond

The pandemic has seriously tested the effectiveness of governance of Higher Education institutions, not only in respect of the response to the challenges presented but also in terms of preparedness to respond and deal with major global events. In this article, Nick MacKenzie looks at how governing bodies are reacting to, and recovering from, the crisis, as well as responding to the new landscape in which we now find ourselves.

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

Following a period of momentum in favour of telecoms operators, the tide appears to have turned. From more competitive rental income to fairer terms and conditions, Associate Chris Devereux reviews three recent cases that appear in favour of the landlord.

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The Industrial Strategy three years on

Back in November 2017, the UK Government published its White Paper ‘Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future’. In this article, Head of Higher Education Bettina Rigg looks at the contributions that universities and colleges are making towards prosperity and the importance of regional and pan-regional collaboration.

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Top tips to minimise the risk of Judicial Review

Universities make decisions every day which could lead disgruntled students, or others, to seek a legal challenge, potentially by way of judicial review. In this article, Senior Associate Dmitrije Sirovica shares his top tips for universities trying to avoid successful challenges.

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Webinars and online events

Celebrating 150 years of state education

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the first Education Act – a defining moment in our state education system. To mark the occasion, last month we were delighted to host two unique broadcasts in partnership with the Foundation for Education Development. The virtual events saw guest speakers including the Rt Hon. Gavin Williamson – Secretary of State for Education, Lord Karan Bilimoria – President of the CBI, Sir Michael Barber and 12 former Secretaries of State for Education, amongst others, come together to celebrate the achievements of our education system, reflect on its history, and envision a long-term plan for its future.

Available to watch on-demand, join us and leaders from across the education, business, politics and community landscapes to mark this significant moment in time:

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Lessons Learned

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

Webinar - 10 November

Human resource teams in higher education institutions continue to deal with the challenges brought about by coronavirus. As enhanced restrictions and regional variations take effect, many of the issues involve not only employment law but also health and safety.

To help you at this critical time our experts will be getting together to answer the questions that really matter to you.

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Training and events

30Nov

Flexible working and how jobs are advertised – webinar Online

Social enterprise and flexible working experts Timewise are to run a webinar launching their 8th annual ‘Flexible Jobs Index’.

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Blogs

The role of benchmarking in setting pay in schools

The use of salary benchmarking data is common place in most sectors in the UK and it’s great to see that CST’s salary survey for school trusts is growing with a higher number of participating organisations and included job roles. This years’ survey includes over 2000 job roles and 147 participating organisations.

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Guides

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse - A guide for schools and trusts

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was established in March 2015. We now have its report. As you would expect with such a broad scope, the report is long and makes a number of far-reaching recommendations. In this article, Dai Durbridge highlights seven of the 20 recommendations, sets out how they could impact on schools and suggests what steps to take now.

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Published articles

Assaults on staff - how can schools reduce the risk?

The risk of assault against staff is, sadly, something that all schools need to consider carefully. Here one legal expert explains what they can do to protect staff and ensure they fulfil their duty of care.

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Legal updates

Authorship disputes and employment claims

In an academic environment, there can be pressures to publish, particularly where funding is dependent upon research and reputation. Whilst there can be competition between Higher Education establishments to be the first to publish, there can also be internal conflicts over authorship rights where several individuals have contributed to the work.

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The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

Bettina Rigg

Bettina Rigg

Partner and Head of Higher Education

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