BSB broadcasts appointment of Hull Uni pro-vice chancellor Rebecca Huxley-Binns

Professor Rebecca Huxley-Binns

The Bar Requirements Board (BSB) has confirmed that Professor Rebecca Huxley-Binns will oversee an impartial assessment into the array of difficulties encountered by aspiring barristers throughout this summer season’s centralised assessments.

Huxley-Binns is the pro-vice-chancellor (schooling) on the College of Hull having beforehand held the position of vice-provost, tutorial enhancement, on the College of Regulation. She will likely be joined by Dr Sarabajaya Kumar, a range and incapacity skilled from UCL.

As previously reported by Legal Cheek, the “classes realized assessment” will report back to the regulator’s governance, threat and audit committee, which consists of impartial non-executive administrators, and is impartial of the BSB.

The probe follows a summer season which noticed bar college students take to social media to report points with the net exams together with being locked out of the proctoring system and resorting to urinating in bottles and buckets over fears their assessments can be terminated in the event that they went to the bathroom.

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The BSB says the assessment will cowl a variety of points together with the choice to cancel the April assessments and maintain computer-based exams; the supply of the exams by proctoring firm Pearson VUE; engagement with bar course suppliers; and the dealing with of affordable adjustment wants of scholars.

Mark Neale, the director normal of the BSB, stated: “The ultimate figures affirm {that a} majority of scholars have been in a position to sit these exams however I can solely repeat how sorry we’re that so many college students have been unable to finish them.”

He continued:

“Clearly there are classes to be realized by the Bar Requirements Board and I’m delighted that Professor Huxley-Binns will conduct this assessment for us and that she can have the skilled recommendation of Dr Sarabajaya Kumar. The assessment will likely be impartial of the BSB and I’d encourage anybody who’s on this subject and anybody who was affected by the difficulties skilled in August to contribute to the assessment.”