Work Experience Appeals Committee

Pursuant to the Work Experience Component Rules, where the Work Experience Committee (WEC) makes a determination with which a student wishes to take issue, an appeal lies to the Work Experience Appeals Committee.

All determinations of the Work Experience Appeals Committee must be reported to The College of Law Academic Board (COLAB) via the Group Course Committee (GCC) and the Board of Governors.

Functions and Terms of Reference

Pursuant to guidelines under Rule 13.2 of the Work Experience Component Rules, in considering any appeal, the Work Experience Appeals Committee ought to determine:

  • whether the appeal is correctly characterised and framed, pursuant to Rule 13.3, as being brought on the grounds of procedural unfairness, irregularity or improper exercise of the Work Experience Committee’s discretion under Rule 11.1, and
  • whether the appeal convincingly establishes grounds indicative of procedural unfairness, irregularity or improper exercise of the Work Experience Committee’s discretion under Rule 11.1

If the answer to either of these threshold considerations is in the negative, the appeal should be dismissed, and the student informed in writing.

If the answer to both of these threshold considerations is positive, the appeal should either be allowed, or referred back to the Work Experience Committee (WEC) with clear directions as to what features of the original application will be reconsidered, and how. In either case, the student must be informed in writing.

An appeal will not be allowed simply because grounds of procedural unfairness, irregularity or improper exercise of the Work Experience Committee’s discretion under Rule 11.1 are established. If it appears to the Work Experience Appeals Committee that the merits of the original application are established as an automatic corollary of the threshold considerations on appeal, then the committee may substitute its own determination for that of the WEC. If the merits of the original application are not established as an automatic corollary of the threshold considerations on appeal, then the committee will refer the appeal back to the WEC.

In any case, once the appeal is determined, the student must be informed in writing and a copy of the notice referred to the relevant board and the COLAB.

Structure and Membership

The Work Experience Appeals Committee is constituted by:

  • The CEO/Principal or his/her nominee
  • A lawyer, not being an employee of the College, nominated by the Chair of the Board of Governors
  • A senior member of academic staff nominated by the Chair of COLAB.

 

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