Good Practice Framework - Consultation
The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) has opened a consultation on draft new guidelines to improve the way that universities deal with student complaints and academic appeals.
You can respond to the consultation online or download a response form and email it to email@example.com.
ENOHE 2013 - Conference Report
The OIA have published a report from the tenth Annual Conference of the European Network of Ombudsmen in Higher Education. The event covered 'Dispute resolution in Higher Education in turbulent times' and was held at St Catherine's College in Oxford. More information about ENOHE can be found on the enohe website.
Press Notice: OFT report on Higher Education in England
Rob Behrens and the OIA have published a press notice on the recent OFT report 'Higher Education in England'.
Response to HEPI report - Unfinished Business?: Higher education legislation
Rob Behrens has commented on the HEPI report on Higher education legislation, published on 20 February 2014.
Response to the Higher Education Commission report
Rob Behrens has published a response to the proposals outlined in the 'Regulating Higher Education' report from the Higher Education Commission published on 9 October 2013.
OIA Annual Letters 2012
The OIA has today (24 September) published Annual Letters for 2012 setting out the complaints record of all universities within the OIA Scheme. This is the second year that the OIA has published this information.
The letters show the number of complaints and appeals closed by each university, the number that are then taken by the student to the OIA, and the OIA’s findings.
For more information, you can download the Press Notice and the letters for 2012.
Press Notice: Annual Letters 2012
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Position paper - Leveson inquiry and independent regulation
Rob Behrens has published a position paper, in association with HEPI, on the lessons from the Leveson inquiry on independent self-regulation.
Office of the Independent Adjudicator’s Annual Open Meeting and Annual Report 2012
Rob Behrens, the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education in England and Wales, presented his Annual Report on 13 June 2013 at Gray's Inn, London.
Download the 2012 Annual Report
Press Notice for the 2012 Annual Report
OIA complainant satisfaction survey
The report of a survey of student complainants carried out in 2012 is now available to download.
Download the survey
Press Notice: High Court Dismisses Claim In Plagiarism Case
The High Court has dismissed the claim for judicial review of the OIA’s decision in a case brought by Mr Hazim Mustafa, a former student at Queen Mary University of London.
The OIA welcomes this decision as giving clarity on the extent to which the OIA can consider complaints from students in cases which include an allegation of plagiarism.
Felicity Mitchell, the Deputy Adjudicator, commented: “This is an important judgment that confirms the centrality of academic judgment in decisions relating to plagiarism. The OIA's role is to review the process and fairness of plagiarism investigations, not to interfere with that central judgment. ”
For more information, you can read and download the press notice and judgment.
Press Notice: Mustafa High Court Judgment
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