Academic & Misconduct Appeals Training for University Staff

New: following the publication of the QAA's Contracting to Cheat in Higher Education (Oct 2017), which states that 'all persons involved in considering academic misconduct should be trained and qualified to undertake their roles', we offer specific training on dealing with academic misconduct cases.  Contact us for details (email:

Half Day Professional Training on Tuesday 28th Nov 2017 In house or external options available.

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

For university staff involved in the review of academic and misconduct appeals, and current and prospective members of university appeals panels.


University appeals deal with matters of great importance to students. For this reason, the Good Practice Framework of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, published in December 2014, states that a good appeals process 'ensures that decision-making staff are properly trained, resourced and supported, and able to approach each decision afresh'. Yet, many universities have little or no training for staff involved in such appeals.

Every university should be able to satisfy students, journalists and others that those involved in reviewing student appeals are properly trained and qualified to do so. A simple Freedom of Information Act request could expose a university's limited training.

This training course, run by a practising barrister and former academic with vast experience of university appeals, aims to provide university staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to assess the merits or otherwise of student appeals fairly and transparently, to reduce the number of complaints lodged with the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, and ultimately to save costs. The course uses real cases and outcomes to demonstrate the practicalities, perils and pitfalls of conducting student appeals, and to illustrate best practice.

It will cover topics such as assessing the appeal, fact-finding and evaluating the evidence, giving judgment, conducting hearings, and the key principles of fairness and natural justice.

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 university staff involved in student appeals.


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.

£200/person + VAT

£120/person + VAT (Student Union Staff)

Tuesday 28th November 2017

10am to 1pm

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

To book a place please contact Nancy Smith at or T 07857 535 246.

Please note that there is a maximum capacity of 45 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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