Authoring articles on Duty of Care for Students in Higher Education

A few weeks ago, two pieces of work were published which I co-authored on the issue of Statutory Duty of Care for Students in Higher Education. Both pieces were researched and written together with Robert Abrahart, Lead Campaigner at ForThe100 and father of Natasha Abrahart. As parents of students who had died by suicide at university, we felt compelled to articulate and speak out about the government’s current proposal for a national review of student suicides in higher education and a recent landmark court judgment about duty of care to students in relation to allegations of sexual misconduct (Feder and McCamish v The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama).

Both Kuljit (aka. Kooj) and I are members of ForThe100 which is a national group campaigning for higher education students to be owed a minimum standard of legal protection in a Statutory Duty of Care. The group want a clear legal requirement for higher education institutions to act reasonably and responsibly, so that students are not harmed by things institutions do (acts) and/or things institutions fail to do (omissions). Most importantly this would mean such institutions could then be held legally accountable for any negligence that resulted, in reasonably foreseeable injury to a student, through a more structured and legally enforceable route. 

Families and students struggle to hold higher education providers to account for negligence. The ambiguity which surrounds the current legal position means that most lawyers will not take on such cases and even if they do, then the restricted timescales imposed on representations and the legal costs make it very difficult. In the court case against the Royal Welsh College (mentioned above), it is estimated that the legal costs of the claimants were £350,000.

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Time, novels and ancient Rome

On Naseeb’s birthday holding time and lighting up his love of books, ancient Rome and our complex and beautiful world.

by Balwant, Naseeb’s mother

It’s daffodil flowering time of year again.  In a previous post we mentioned that when Naseeb was little he would tell people his birthday was when the daffodils come out.  On this which would have been Naseeb’s 25th birthday, and the 4th birthday since he died, daffodils are flowering including under his memorial tree.

Time has warped since Naseeb died.  Often I find myself watching the past whilst trying to exist in the present.  Particularly at tender times of the year like when it’s Naseeb’s birthday, the anniversary of his passing away and the end of the year.  I become subdued and go into a vortex of my own thoughts, whilst the world carries on around me.  Losing Naseeb has been all consuming.  The words of Italo Calvino from his novel Invisible Cities come to mind:

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Daffodils and birthdays

Hello everyone, it’s  been a long time since anything was posted on this website.  With Naseeb’s birthday coming up on Monday we thought you might like to see this photo.  It’s of Naseeb crouching behind daffodils in our old front garden on his 3rd birthday.  As you can see he had a keen eye for fashion even then.
The recent cold weather and snow has slowed down the flowering of daffodils in our garden – they’re the signature flowers for Naseeb’s birthday.  So we’ve got a few bunches from a local shop.  Love to all from Balwant and Kooj  X x