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Be connected newsletter for higher education - February 2022

2 February 2022

Welcome to be connected our quarterly update for Higher Education Institutions.

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

Legal updates

Implications of the amended public procurement thresholds

The recent review of the public procurement threshold figures included changes to the VAT position.

Procurement specialist Anja Beriro sets out clearly what this means for organisations that need to comply with the regulations.

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Fire safety - looking back and looking forward

Fire safety regulation is undergoing a period of evolution and, as 2021 drew to a close, now is a good opportunity to take stock and take a forward look to what the year ahead may hold.

In this article, health and safety expert Steph McGarry reflects on the year gone by and looks at what we can expect in 2022.

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Employment Law in 2022

For much of 2020 and 2021, employers across the country from all sectors have had to adjust quickly to restrictions, new safety procedures, and different working environments. As we move into 2022, we take a look below at what developments may be on the cards for the coming year.

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National Security and Investment Act – key points you need to know

The National Security and Investment Act 2021 came into force on 4 January 2022.  It brings in a new regime allowing for Government intervention in transactions on national security grounds, as well as requiring mandatory notifications by acquirers in some instances. 

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Digitising the student experience 

It is probably fair to say that, as a sector, higher education has lagged behind in terms of digital evolution, largely because traditional teaching formats historically in place (such as in-person classroom and lecture-based learning) were not impacted by digitalisation in any fundamental way. However, when the Covid pandemic hit in 2020, HE institutions (HEIs) were suddenly faced with the urgent and critical problem of delivering continuity of teaching against a backdrop of remote learning in order to adhere to Government guidelines.

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How will HSE’s focus on occupational health affect UK HE institutions?

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) decision to prioritise occupational health has put certain key occupations in HSE’s crosshairs for inspection and potential enforcement actions. With a new 10-year strategy in the pipeline, will this focus continue, and what is this likely to mean for HSE inspection and enforcement activities for HEIs?

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Exclusion grounds under the new procurement regime

The Government Response to the public consultation on its Green Paper, Transforming Public Procurement was published in December 2021. One of the key considerations of the Green Paper was the grounds for excluding bidders from a procurement process. 

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Top three training topics 2022-23

As well as providing day-to-day support to help you focus on managing your settings, we also provide training and professional development on a range of topics to keep you and your staff up-to-date.

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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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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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