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Changing the Culture in Universities

Alison Jones, University Secretary at the University of Bradford, has been reflecting on the challenge of culture change in our universities. How can we ensure our institutions are inclusive and diverse communities where tolerance, dignity and respect are practiced, and processes and support are in place to handle allegations of misconduct?


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May No-platforms the No-platformers

How do universities balance freedom of expression and intellectual advancement whilst maintaining safe spaces for staff, students and the university community? In light of Theresa May’s recent criticism of safe spaces, Geraldine Swanton, Legal Director at Shakespeare Martineau, considers the legal implications for universities in providing those safe spaces and maintaining freedom of expression.


Smita Jamdar, Shakespeare Martineau

Reputation Management – the Legal Challenges

Smita Jamdar, Partner and Head of Education at Shakespeare Martineau, the AHUA’s national sponsor, reviews current threats to universities’ reputations and the challenges institutions face in dealing with them. This blog post follows a workshop delivered by Smita at the AHUA Autumn Conference 2016 in Birmingham.


The Rt Hon Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK addresses the World Travel & Tourism Council Asia Summit.

Can Universities Learn Anything from Chilcot?

The Chilcot Report was released earlier this month, examining the circumstances of the UK’s involvement in the 2003 Iraq War. Gerry Webber, University Secretary at Edinburgh Napier University considers the report and the lessons to be learned from it.


Prevent monitoring and the detailed submission

On the 1st April 2016, HEFCE-funded institutions are required to make a detailed submission in response to the Prevent duty. Michaela Boryslawskyj looks at the recent advice note from HEFCE issued on 16th February.


Teaching income

FREE(?)dom of Information and the uneven playing field

What is the cost of the Freedom of Information Act to universities? Michaela Boryslawskyj, University Secretary at the University of Huddersfield, considers the impact of FOI and alternative ways universities show transparency and accountability.


On the Radar: The Modern Slavery Act 2015 and HE

Graham Donelan, University Secretary at Liverpool Hope University, reviews the Modern Slavery Act, a piece of legislation which has appeared to attract little attention to date, but which could have big consequences for the sector’s supply chains.


Students as Consumers

Michaela Boryslawskyj, University Secretary at the University of Huddersfield examines the advice provided to universities, regarding the consumer rights of undergraduate students.