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UWS sets RUK fees from 2012 – 2013

Two days ago the University of the West of Scotland, where I work, announced the level of fees it will be charging for RUK (UK students from anywhere in the UK except Scotland) students.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-15088219

The £7,250 per year fee level is actually cheaper than many institutions for the duration of a three year ordinary degree including Dundee, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Strathclyde and some courses at Robert Gordon. The problem though, is that most of the universities that would be commonly regarded in the public as being comparable to UWS – Glasgow Caledonian, Napier and (today announced) Stirling have all either capped their fees for four year courses by only asking students to pay for three years, or ensuring that the annual levy does not exceed the £27,000 cap that will be in place at EVERY institution in England and Wales. UWS have not implemented a cap for the fourth year of courses (generally the honours year), meaning that the overall fee paid for a RUK student taking an honours degree at UWS will be up to £29,000, £2,000 more expensive than the maximum levy at any institution in England and Wales, and currently only cheaper than Edinburgh and St Andrews in Scotland. This has attracted a large amount of criticism from many corners, though it does have to be pointed out that of course as highlighted above, over three years the fee structure remains very competitive.

For the record, although an employee of UWS, I have no knowledge of how the decision was reached on fee level as of course these decisions are made at a much higher level, so am absolutely not criticising the institution. I would only do this after seeing the evidential basis for how the figure for these fees was arrived at. Unfortunately as we are seeing, many others don’t seem to follow suit and are content to heavily criticise without holding all of the facts, not just relating to UWS, but relating to pretty much every Scottish University that has been put into the situation of having to set fees of this nature. This I do not agree with. A better way forward would in my opinion be to make the systems used to arrive at fee levels entirely transparent for every one of the Scottish institutions that have, or still have to set their RUK fees. Then and only then would I feel comfortable criticising, and only then would I accept as valid the criticism of others.

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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Loopholes in Scotland’s proposed ‘Alcohol Bill’

So as we all knew, it seems that the Alcohol Bill in its current form is flawed. BBC has published an article today demonstrating that alcohol retailers will be able under proposed legislation to use loopholes to still heavily discount alcohol in online sales so long as the alcohol is shipped from south of the border.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-15123533

Is it really feasible for the Scottish Executive to successfully implement and police sales of alcohol in the manner they are intending? I think not.

 
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The UK in hot water with the EU again

What does annoy me about the BBC News website is that they always lump in news that is in fact legal in nature and not political (unless people choose to make it so) into the ‘politics’ section. There really should be a distinct ‘law’ section on the website. Regardless, reported today that the UK could be in a bit of bother with the EU over the difference in treatment of (non-UK national) EU citizens residing in the UK compared to UK nationals. The article can be viewed here:

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15120522

It’ll be interesting to monitor developments in this story to see if there is a swift resolution or if it will drag on and on in the manner of the working time directive farce of a decade or so ago.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Welcome to my blog

As an introduction, if anyone reading is interested, you can read more about who I am and what I do by clicking on the ‘who is Allan T Moore’ tab above, which tells you a bit about me and my background. In short I am a lecturer in law at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). I have just commenced my 5th academic year of teaching at the University (my 3rd in a full time post).

I’ll be using this blog for a few purposes, the main of which will be:

  1. To highlight, comment, criticise or analyse changes or potential changes that have been reported in the media relating to the legal areas of interest to me.
  2. To provide information that may prove to be useful to people who study law or are employed in the legal sector.
  3. To blog on areas relating to my own legal research.
  4. To blog on other more informal subjects including my own outside interests.

Feel free to criticise or comment on anything I write, but please do so within reason. Any personal abuse, swearing or other comments containing any wording I deem to be unacceptable for valid reasons will be removed.

Allan

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Uncategorized