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Student thrown out of QUB over criminal conviction wins High Court permission to challenge decision

Posted in Legal issues on November 19th, 2014 by steve

UK“A student thrown out of Queen’s University in Belfast over a criminal conviction has won High Court permission to challenge the sanction. His lawyers were granted leave to seek a judicial review of the decision to exclude him for a set period of time …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 19 November]

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Allegation of breach of examination rules – right to fair procedures

Posted in Legal issues on August 31st, 2013 by steve

Ireland“The applicant in this case is in her third and final year as a student at the Athlone Institute of Technology. She attended the premises of the respondent on the 13th December, 2012, to sit her third year exam in Financial Management on the 13th December, 2012. The examination was scheduled to take place at 9.30 …” (more)

Dunne J, Zhang v. Athlone Institute of Technology [2013] IEHC 390

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Students seek to stop course cancellation

Posted in Legal issues on August 15th, 2013 by steve

“Two third-level students have brought a High Court challenge against the decision to cancel the country’s first undergraduate audiology course …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain and Ray Managh, Independent, 15 August]

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Students take fight for degree course to the High Court

Posted in Legal issues on August 14th, 2013 by steve

“Two second year college students have gone to the High Court to fight the closure of their degree course at the Athlone Institute of Technology …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 August]

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Update on London Metropolitan

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues on September 24th, 2012 by steve

“I wasn’t in the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday for the preliminary hearing into London Metropolitan’s request for a judicial review into UK Border Agency’s decision to revoke London Met’s licence to act as visa sponsors for non-EU students …” (more)

[Critical Education, 24 September]

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USI to appeal grants decision to Supreme Court

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues on May 29th, 2012 by steve

“… The appeal is democratically pointless because it seeks to effectively undermine government’s right to enforce cost-cutting measures at Budget-time – an important right when times are good, but a vital one when things are not …” (more)

[Scribbles by Dan, 29 May]

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Ruling on grants to be appealed

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues on May 29th, 2012 by steve

“Two students are to appeal cuts in third-level grants to the Supreme Court. They are being supported by the Union of Students in Ireland. This follows an unsuccessful attempt in the High Court to secure orders quashing the decision by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to introduce the cuts …” (more)

[Irish Times, 29 May]

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Students to take appeal against grant reforms to the Supreme Court

Posted in Legal issues on May 28th, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Education and the Chief State Solicitor’s Office have been served with notice of a Supreme Court appeal against the dismissal of a judicial review sought by three students against reform of the grants system …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 28 May]

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Tuition fees increases to be challenged in court

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues on June 25th, 2011 by steve

“Two sixth formers have been granted permission to challenge the lawfulness of the government’s decision to let universities triple tuition fees. A high court judge ruled that their case should receive a judicial review, which is expected to take place in October …” (more)

[Jeevan Vasagar, Guardian, 24 June]

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The Right to Education: Andrew Croskery’s challenge to his degree classification by Queen’s University, Belfast

Posted in Legal issues on January 13th, 2011 by steve

“In recent months the ‘right to education’ has been bandied round in the context of the debate on funding of higher education in the United Kingdom. In reality the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as incorporated into the UK’s law by the Human Rights Act 1998, provides a somewhat threadbare right of access to educational institutions …” (more)

[Colin Murray, Human Rights in Ireland, 13 January]

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Re Croskery [2010] NIQB 129

Posted in Legal issues on January 4th, 2011 by steve

“On this blog last year, I discussed the circumstances in which a university student could challenge a grade in court. Just before Christmas, the Northern Ireland High Court handed down a very important judgment on this issue …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 4 January]

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Croskery’s Application [2010] NIQB 129

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2010 by steve

TREACY J: By this application the applicant seeks leave to judicially review decisions of the Queens University of Belfast subject Board of Examiners refusing to reclassify his degree. Review of assessment decisions are governed by QUB’s Study Regulations …” (more)

[Northern Ireland High Court, 8 December]

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Making the grade

Posted in Legal issues on October 16th, 2010 by steve

“… According to the BBC, QUB has agreed to review his grade. It seems that he was only 0.5% off obtaining a 2:1 in his degree, and in his judicial review proceedings, he claimed that if he had received better supervision he would have achieved that 2:1. On Tuesday, the High Court granted a three-week adjournment …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 16 October]

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Success for University Student?

Posted in Legal issues on October 15th, 2010 by steve

“An update on my blog from 21st September. The former student from Queen’s University, Belfast has been afforded a review of his degree grade. The review is, we are told, ‘expected to examine his degree classification on the alleged grounds of inadequate supervision and procedural irregularities’ …” (more)

[Education Law Blog, 15 October]

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QUB to review grade for student who challenged his 2:2

Posted in Legal issues on October 12th, 2010 by steve

“A Belfast graduate who took his university to court after they awarded him a 2:2 degree is to have his degree classification reviewed. Andrew Croskery, from County Down, had applied for a judicial review of the grade he received from Queen’s University in Belfast …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 October]

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Student challenges to degree classification, and examiners’ academic freedom – redux

Posted in Research on September 23rd, 2010 by steve

“No sooner had I published yesterday’s post on student challenges to degree classification, and examiners’ academic freedom, than Afua Hirsh blogged that it’s not just law students who are learning how to sue. Against the background of the QUB case which I discussed in that post, she gave many other examples of cases in which students sued their universities because they had performed poorly in their degrees …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 23 September]

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Student challenges to degree classification, and examiners’ academic freedom

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2010 by steve

“Some time ago, I blogged about the question of whether a low mark is a breach of contract. A little while ago, in a gallimaufry (omnibus) post, I briefly returned to this issue. The context was a US case, Keefe v New York Law School (17 November 2009), but now it seems that the issue has arisen rather closer to home …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 22 September]

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Graduate takes university to court over degree results

Posted in Legal issues on September 21st, 2010 by steve

“A Queen’s University graduate yesterday launched a High Court challenge to his degree classification. In one of the first cases of its kind, Andrew Croskery has brought judicial review proceedings over his lower second-class honours classification …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 September]

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