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Oral Advocacy Skills for Student Advisers

1 Day Professional Training on Monday 15th October 2018

Directed by Dr Daniel Sokol, Barrister and Former Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law, Imperial College London.

For student advisers who assist and represent students at academic and misconduct hearings and appeals


Many student advisers have received no formal training in oral advocacy despite this forming an important part of their role. Poor advocacy may undermine the student’s prospects of success and damage the reputation of the student advisory service.

This unique training course is aimed at student advisers who wish to improve their skills of persuasion and advocacy.

The course, led by a practising barrister with extensive experience of university hearings, will cover case preparation, opening submissions, handling witnesses (including how to ask questions effectively), closing submissions, handling difficult panels, the golden rules of oral advocacy, and common pitfalls to avoid.

The training will use concrete examples to demonstrate the techniques and there will be an opportunity for delegates to practice some of the skills learnt.

What others have said

“I found Daniel’s training invaluable. His vast experience both in the courtroom and at appeal hearings means he is perfectly placed to offer example-based guidance on ensuring that University procedures are fair and equitable. Highly recommended.”

Richard Booth, Student Casework Manager, Birmingham City University

“I can highly recommend the Student Appeals Training with Daniel Sokol. The information Daniel shared was accessible, interesting and appropriate. He was generous with the information he provided. I have improved my handling of complaints and appeals as a result of the training.”

Warren Rodell, Student Disputes Officer, Oxford Brookes University

“Daniel was fantastic! He put Academic Advice into a proper legal context, making me realise that this is a subject that needs to be taken more seriously and all academic advisers should be required to attend training. I would highly recommend this training to all student union advisers as well as university appeals and complaints staff.”

Wendy Dant, Loughborough University Student Advice & Support Service

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for all student union staff involved in student hearings.


Dr. Daniel Sokol (Course Director), PhD MSc MSc MA BPTC GDL
Barrister, 12 King's Bench Walk, Temple, London
Former Lecturer in Ethics, Keele University and St George's, University of London; Former Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine.

£175/person + VAT

Monday 15th October 2018

9.30am to 4pm

Lunch will not be provided but there are cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.

12 King's Bench Walk, Temple, London, EC4Y 7EL

To book a place please contact Daniel Sokol, E Sokol@12kbw.co.uk or T 0207 415 8355

Please note that there is a maximum capacity of 40 delegates, so early booking is advised.

In-House Course Fee
This can be provided throughout the year: £2,500 + VAT (plus economy travel from London).  There is no limit to the number of delegates who may attend.


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