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Times Higher Education - Duty of care still needed despite court win, say Abraharts

The Times Higher Education News has spoken to Robert and Margaret Abrahart about their victory in the High Court this month, after the University of Bristol appealed a ruling that it had broken equality legislation.

As we reported last week the court declined to give a view on what the Abraharts see as the fundamental issue in their case – that the university should have had a legal duty of care to protect their daughter.

Universities have resisted this, as they insist most students are adults which means that universities have limitations on what they can do, it is a minefield as universities could be sued by students for invasion or privacy if a university oversteps. Where the line is drawn to give students autonomy over their time at university but remain safe, when intervention is needed, is one that will be interesting to see. You can read the full article here.

Lisa Ravenscroft – Communications Manager for ProtectED. You can contact me on: m: +44 (0)7889 933034 or at

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