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Ex Chief Crown Prosecutor, Nick Hawkins, First Barrister In The World To Achieve Intersol Global’s Online Investigative Interviewing Training Award.

By |2020-04-17T17:02:51+00:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Amongst other achievements Nick Hawkins was a Chief Crown Prosecutor for 15 years and is now a practising barrister at Normanton Chambers and MD of The Hawkins Consultancy. After a recent period delivering projects collegiately, particularly training and reviewing discipline investigations in the Higher Education sector, Nick enrolled on our online course “Understanding Investigative Interviewing”, meaningful blended learning validated and regulated by our training accreditation partners at Skillsfirst. Nick is the first barrister in the world to take this award, joining innovative lawyers from Pinsent Masons who see the added value in forensic interviewing that delivers reliable and accurate detail so [...]

Business as (un)usual – Our online solution for workplace discipline investigations and virtual investigation meetings

By |2020-03-26T18:16:12+00:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Audit and Compliance, Audit and GRC, CEO's Blog, Education, Financial Services, Health, Health and Safety, Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Legal Services, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Regulators, Seminars and Workshops, Sport, Training, Uncategorized, University News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Business as (un)usual - Our online solution for workplace discipline investigations and virtual investigation meetings. It is a sad reality that even in times of catastrophic crisis there remains a demand to conduct workplace investigations. If anything it is even more vital that they are conducted with skill, sensitivity, and empathy, the crisis faced by all is challenging enough without added strains of inconsiderate and insensitive  investigation. It is equally critical that investigations already underway or awaiting outcomes are not neglected or overlooked, adding additional strain on those involved; long-term well-being and mental health must remain central to decision-making. Business continuity, [...]

Reporting serious sexual misconduct – crucial advice for students AND staff.

By |2020-03-12T13:39:38+00:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Education, Professional Development, University News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Reviewing the advice published by McAllister Olivarius and The 1752 Group a simple and obvious measure to improve service delivery to victims of sexual misconduct that might amount to a criminal offence came to mind and I can't believe we didn't think of it before. Maybe because sometimes you're so professionally absorbed that you need to take a step back to see the woods for the trees! If YOU decide to report such an incident to your institution and YOU decide that you want it investigated by them under their discipline code insist that the interviewer has a specialist qualification in [...]

AMOSSHE 2020 Winter Bulletin

By |2020-02-28T10:19:25+00:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: Investigative Interviewing, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

AMOSSHE 2020 Winter Bulletin In this, our first contribution to AMOSSHE's seasonal bulletin, we focus on reassurance and rationale to explain how we maintain our independence and ethos in an area of business that is entering a transformational 'change' era. If you would like to understand more about how we support HE with training and investigation services, indeed share the learning from dozens of successful investigations, please contact the team at info@dev.intersolglobal.com The short bulletin can be read here  

Cambridge college head ‘steps back’ over handling of sex complaints

By |2020-02-23T19:40:37+00:00February 23rd, 2020|Categories: Investigative Interviewing, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Trinity Hall: Cambridge college head 'steps back' over handling of sex complaints The head of a Cambridge college has stepped back from his duties after allegations he mishandled a series of sexual misconduct complaints. Dr Jeremy Morris, the master of Trinity Hall, has agreed to move aside while an internal review into procedures is under way. It comes after both students and staff were accused of misconduct in recent years. Trinity Hall said the decision was subject to further consultation. Comment: Whilst there remains work to be done many institutions are starting to realise that these are issues that can no [...]

Intersol extend their investigation training, qualification, and operational reach into Scotland

By |2020-02-21T16:55:27+00:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Conferences, Education, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , , |

Intersol extend their investigation training, qualification, and operational reach into Scotland. As a result of demand from Scottish Universities we have developed our service provision 'north of the border' with the recruitment of 3 new investigation associates in Scotland. Whilst the investigation principles and forensic psychology of people are broadly consistent the world over (perhaps with the odd cultural difference), this development will enable a more empathetic approach to the nuances of civil serious misconduct investigation in Scotland. As the team embark on their first investigation commission next week we wish them every success.               [...]

AMOSSHE Winter Conference – Mental Health and Wellbeing

By |2020-02-17T16:42:24+00:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Conferences, Education|Tags: , , , , , |

AMOSSHE Winter Conference - Mental Health and Wellbeing  Intersol are delighted to sponsor AMOSSHE and their valuable work throughout 2020 and our CEO, Ian Hynes, and CFO, Philip Adlem, have been busy making the final plans to attend their sold-out Winter Conference in Bath later this week. The dreadful cost to mental health and wellbeing of NOT conducting discipline investigations empathetically, thoroughly, and fairly to determine reliable outcomes is often incalculable. Those adversely affected by inappropriate investigation methods and process not only include reporting and reported students but extends to those members of staff charged with the heavy responsibility of conducting [...]

NDAs – The Ticking Time-Bomb for Universities?

By |2020-02-12T13:00:44+00:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Education, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , , , |

NDAs - The Ticking Time-Bomb for Universities? Universities ‘gagging sexual assault claims’ according to the BBC The BBC have today reported that Universities are gagging students to prevent them from disclosing details of sexual assaults, bullying and poor teaching. The report details how several students told the BBC that they felt ‘pressured’ into signing NDA’s (non-disclosure agreements), with one student being told she would be expelled if she broke her contract. According to Universities UK, a representative body for UK Universities, NDA’s should not be used to silence students. The BBC submitted FOI requests to expose the statistics in the number [...]

University Investigations – An Interview With Intersol Globals CEO

By |2020-01-21T14:08:59+00:00January 21st, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Conferences, Investigative Interviewing, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Seminars and Workshops, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , |

University Investigations - An Interview With Intersol Globals CEO “IAN HYNES is the CEO of Intersol Global and we’ve spent 30 minutes capturing some insight into the world of the Intersol Investigation Case Management System. We were curious to understand how Ian and the team remain impartial within the many Sectors that they are partnering with. We’re lucky that we have experts within the ever challenging and demanding HE Sector. Each month, we will spend 30 minutes interviewing colleagues and partners, making a difference in the sector. Ian and the team will be hosting a practical ‘Taster session’ around redacted case [...]

Toxic Workplace Culture and Social Contagion – The ticking ‘time-bomb’ for Higher Education?

By |2020-01-20T15:28:55+00:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Investigative Interviewing, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Training, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Toxic Workplace Culture and Social Contagion - The ticking 'time-bomb' for Higher Education? andnbsp; Witnessing workplace harassment and discrimination - Overcoming the ‘social contagion’ of toxic work culture The team at 'Talk to Spot', a Bot driven reporting tool, commissioned research to examine the experience of witnessing workplace harassment and discrimination, the barriers to reporting such behavior to human resources, and how organisations can improve reporting procedures. The research involved a collaboration between Spot, researchers from three UK universities, and various NGOs and nonprofits that provide support for individuals with protected characteristics. The study was conducted because understanding the witness experience [...]

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