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'Phased' construction work could create VAT problems for universities, expert says

FOCUS: Funding constraints often mean that universities have to construct new buildings in two or more 'phases'. However, doing so can create unwelcome and unexpected VAT issues for universities, as a recent VAT tribunal decision showed. 23 Jun 2015

Proposed planning changes will make it easier for universities to compete, says expert

FOCUS: Policies proposed by the Conservative Party during the recent general election campaign would increase the competiveness of UK higher education. It is therefore vital that universities are able to offer modern facilities and the best student experience.... 15 Jun 2015

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Experts urge universities to review student terms and conditions ahead of new consumer protection drive

FOCUS: UK higher education (HE) providers must review their terms and conditions for students ahead of an upcoming compliance review or risk civil - or, in extreme circumstances, criminal - sanctions. 11 Jun 2015

Decision on striking workers' pay could make action less attractive, says expert, as Queen's speech confirms new ballot rules

Employers may be entitled to deduct a day's pay for strike action at the rate of 1/260th of the striking worker's salary depending on contractual terms, the Court of Appeal has confirmed. 28 May 2015

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