AMOSSHE responds to High Court judgments on the application of the Equality Act and an additional legal duty of care

14 February 2024 16:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The High Court ruled today on a hearing relating to student mental health, reasonable adjustments and the extent of higher education providers’ duties towards their students.

Mr Justice Linden considered an appeal from the University of Bristol and upheld the original decision that the university had failed to make reasonable adjustments, thereby failing to exercise their duties under the Equality Act 2010, in the case of Natasha Abrahart.

However, he didn’t express a view ‘in relation to the judge’s findings about the claim in negligence’ and the wider implications that this would have for universities in England and Wales.

AMOSSHE recognises the significance of the High Court ruling today.

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. Our hearts go out to Natasha’s family and every other family that has lost a loved one to suicide. It is crucial that universities continue to learn lessons, implement recognised best practice and work closely with the NHS and other partners so that students can thrive in safe and healthy environments.

AMOSSHE will carefully consider the implications of the ruling. We remain committed to working with our members, sector partners, government, the NHS and bereaved families to identify, implement and share best practice in student mental health and all aspects of student support, including through our engagement with the Higher Education Mental Health Implementation Taskforce.

AMOSSHE, The Student Services Organisation is a UK non-profit professional association. Company registration number 4778650.
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