0370 270 6000

Be connected newsletter for higher education - May 2022

8 May 2022

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

We aim to provide content that offers you real value and relevant, useful information from our national team of legal and HR experts.

be connected is your space. Please help us to help you by providing your feedback and letting us know what you would like to see featured in a future edition.

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

Legal updates

Subsidy Control

It has been a turbulent couple of years for those involved in subsidy control. The repeal of the State Aid rules and their replacement means that practitioners and public bodies are having to acclimatise to a new, more flexible but less certain approach.

In the first part of this article, we discussed the application of the Subsidy Control principles, and the exemptions, prohibitions and restrictions contained within the Subsidy Control Bill.

In part two, we look at how streamlined subsidy schemes will be used to grant certain subsidies more quickly, and at the enforcement and transparency provisions of the Bill.

Fraud - why it pays to be vigilant

Financial crime is an increasing threat to all organisations. The modes of facilitating fraud have become easier. Being a victim of fraud as an organisation risks significant financial consequence, but also serious reputational harm and loss of stakeholder confidence.

Read more >

Don’t let the lights go out – dealing with insolvent energy suppliers

Not a day goes by without a media article referring to the ongoing global energy crisis. There are a number of factors which have contributed to the crisis including the huge increase in wholesale natural gas prices, which have risen some 250% since the start of 2021. Since the start of last year, over 30 energy firms have gone bust in the UK alone.

Read more >

Creating a profitable future for your IP

Universities have always had an interest in commercialising their intellectual property (IP) and in recent years we have seen a rise in ambition from universities, students and academics. So what do you need to think about if you have the drive to make more of your IP assets?

Read more >

Harassment and sexual misconduct in Higher Education

Cases involving the handling allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by universities continue to hit the news. They are clearly difficult issues for universities given the competing duties owed to both the reporting individual and the alleged perpetrator and the inevitable sensitivities around the nature of these matters.

Read more >

ICO consultation on research provisions guidance

The data protection legislation (namely, the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018) contain various provisions that deal with the processing of personal data for research purposes. In short, these provisions allow personal data to be processed for the following three purposes…

Read more >

Are spin-ins the new spin-outs?

We’re all familiar with spin-outs. Licensing and patent portfolios are traditional aspects of university commercialisation strategies. However, spin-ins are growing in popularity and are fast becoming an important part of a university’s commercialisation arsenal; but what exactly are they?

Read more >

Follow us

Legal and HR services for education LinkedIn page

Stay up to date with news and insights from our specialist lawyers and HR consultants.

Follow LinkedIn page >

Focus on...

Legal updates

What opportunities do the REF 2021 results offer universities?

The long-awaited publication of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 provides universities with opportunities to generate additional income and build upon the quality of their research output.

View

Published articles

Gloves about to come off? Representation at disciplinary and grievance hearings

Brendan Clarke Smith proposed that the right to be accompanied should be much wider than it is at present. Whilst the Bill itself was withdrawn, the idea lives on and is supported by the Education Secretary.

View

Legal updates

Harassment and sexual misconduct in Higher Education

Cases involving the handling allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by Universities continues to hit the news. They are clearly difficult issues for Universities given the competing duties owed to both the reporting individual and the alleged perpetrator and the inevitable sensitivities around the nature of these matters.

View

Legal updates

ICO consultation on research provisions guidance

The data protection legislation (namely, the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018) contain various provisions that deal with the processing of personal data for research purposes.

View

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

View profile

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up