The Good Practice Frameworks of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator stress the importance of good training for university decision-makers and student support services. Universities and student unions must be in a position to demonstrate to students and others that they are well-trained and can uphold the rules of fairness and natural justice in the conduct of their duties.
All our trainers are practising barristers with expertise in university matters. Some are former academics; others accredited mediators and adjudicators. Over the last few years, we have offered training to hundreds of student unions advisers, appeals officers, educational consultants, and universities.
Our training uses real-life examples to demonstrate the practical application of principles to common scenarios.
Advocacy courses, which are particularly popular with student union representatives, are delivered by barristers who appear regularly in university hearings and court proceedings.
Demonstrably well-trained staff leads to fairness and the appearance of fairness to stakeholders, in particular students. It reflects well on the institution and enhances its reputation as a place committed to justice for all.