John Moores sets up review panel

June 25, 1999

Liverpool John Moores University has set up an independent review panel three months after Whistleblowers reported claims that the university had been using flawed and misleading teaching material.

In March this year Whistleblowers published experts' analysis of teaching material used by human physiology students at LJMU. An independent expert said the material, used to teach the basics of human respiration, was "fundamentally wrong", and others said it was "inadequate and misleading".

The university has strongly denied that the material - now changed - was incorrect, but it accepted that it is subject to differences of academic opinion. Following Whistleblowers' story, the university announced it would set up a review panel to examine the allegations "at the earliest possible time".

Three months later, the panel has been established. It includes representatives from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences and the Medical Laboratory Technicians Board, which accredit the course.

Julia Eaton, president of LJMU Students' Union, contradicted a statement by LJMU that the matter had been "resolved to the satisfaction of the students". "Students are concerned," she said. "And I'm concerned for students on the course."

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