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Disclosing Criminal Convictions

Gayle McFarlane, Partner, and Siân Jones-Davies, Senior Associate, at Eversheds Sutherland, discuss the difference GDPR will make to the disclosure of criminal convictions by applicants and students.


The Architecture of Higher Education: Autonomy and Accountability

Gary Attle, Partner and Head of Education & Governance at Mills & Reeve LLP, asks whether universities can retain their autonomy whilst also being held to greater account as a result of the Higher Education & Research Act.


Students at York St John University

Safe Spaces for the Snowflake Generation or for Genuine Freedom of Speech?

In her latest blog post, Alison Jones, University Secretary at the University of Bradford, asks whether safe spaces on university campuses just offer protection for the “snowflake generation” of students, or are they part of the answer to an inclusive approach to freedom of speech.


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Universities and General Elections – The Rules

With the General Election taking place on Thursday 8 June, Smita Jamdar, Partner and Head of Education at Shakespeare Martineau, and Mark Garratt, Director of External Affairs at the University of Bradford give advice on the potential issues that universities should be aware of when supporting the election process.


Students at York St John University

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.