Legal Representation at University Hearings – What Rights Does a Student Have?

Those who sit on university panels will often insist they are “not courts of law.” And yet, the hearings they conduct invariably follow a quasi-legal procedure involving evidence, questioning and argument. Nor is it not uncommon for complex legal issues to arise, for example, as to; the limits of academic judgement; the statutory duty to make reasonable adjustments for the benefit of disabled students; or the admissibility of evidence. In view of the above –

Plagiarism or Poor Referencing?

Ask the man in the street for a definition of plagiarism and he’ll probably say something along the lines of “taking another person’s work and pretending it’s your own.” He might even talk about “stealing.” The term brings to mind shady practices like handing in a friend’s essay, or doing a copy and paste job. Crucially, for most of us, plagiarism involves an element of dishonesty. And yet, for university academics plagiarism covers a lot

Matthew Wyard writes for national publication

Sinclairslaw’s very own Matthew Wyard has recently been published in the Times Higher Education, widely considered the leading national publication reporting on the news of higher education. In his most recent article, Matthew argues that the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, commonly referred to as the OIA, is not feared by universities and, as such, fails to act as a prohibiting concern for universities when making decisions regarding their students. To read

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