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  • Nurturing staff engagement and wellbeing in a post-pandemic world brings a number of challenges for the higher education sector. Increasing regulatory pressures, heightened monitoring and reporting demands, management of casual working contracts and pay disputes - are all bringing challenges to maintaining a happy, healthy and productive workforce in the sector.

    These challenges coupled with an increasing focus on internationalisation and competition for overseas staff and students, have also brought a number of immigration challenges. On a day-to-day basis, we’re seeing pressures to ensuring the right structures, policies and procedures are in place to manage and monitor ongoing compliance with immigration rules.

    In the second of our higher education spring webinar series, our employment and immigration specialists will be discussing what are the key employment and immigration trends from 2022? What do we expect to be the key issues in 2023? And talking through how these obstacles can be overcome.

    Key issues we will be covering include:

    • Immigration
      • Compliance with immigration laws and ongoing management, monitoring and reporting of staff and student immigration
      • What policies and structures need to be in place?
      • What are the issues we are seeing?
      • How to prevent potential compliance issues
    • Employment
      • How can universities ensure effective staff engagement in a post pandemic world?
      • Key issues managing casual working contracts
      • Managing mental health and staff wellbeing
      • Effective management of disputes
      • Disability discrimination
      • Neurodiversity and reasonable adjustments


    Our panel will be chaired by Ashley Norman, co-lead of our Higher Education practice and an employment and immigration law specialist. Ashley will be joined by Anne Palmer, legal director in our Employment, Pensions and Immigration team and Rajinder Bhambra, Legal Director at Bevan Brittan with over 10 years’ experience in business immigration matters.

    This is the second in our series of webinars that we’re hosting in March, which will cover a range of different topics across the higher education sector.

    Our higher education specialists will be hosting our #WednesdayWebinars from 12-1pm on 1, 8, 15 and 22 March.

    Other events in the HE Spring Webinar series include: 

    Information security, technology and data sharing - 1 March 2023

    New obligations for building and fire safety coming in 2023 - 15 March 2023


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