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“This event promises to be invaluable for the HEI mediation community.

25 representatives from 18 different colleges and universities across the United Kingdom will come together on Wednesday 27th March at the UK Mediation Academy in London.

Hosted by the Professional Mediators’ Association (PMA), the event will explore pressing issues and best practice in dispute resolution within the higher education sector.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event in September 2011 which attracted a similar number of attendees, the second national forum will focus on promoting research and disseminating best practice in mediation across the sector.

Dr Nick Maguire, Chartered Clinical Psychologist at the University of Southampton who is also a guest speaker at the forum tomorrow, says:

“This event promises to be invaluable for the HEI mediation community. I’m interested in why mediation is effective in resolving disputes and impasses. What is it that we do as mediators on a psychological level which means that people are able to resolve differences? If we can work this out, we can make mediation even more effective. The wide range of experience represented tomorrow will make this a great place to explore these issues.”

Jill White, HR Manager at the University of Surrey and a guest speaker at tomorrow’s forum, says:

“The forum provides a unique opportunity to share experiences and find solutions to common challenges with others involved in mediation schemes in the HEI sector.”

David Liddle, President of the Professional Mediators’ Association, says:

“2012 has already seen a dramatic increase in the use of workplace mediation, and the HEI sector has been one of the leading lights in driving the mediation agenda forward. This forum aims to explore and then disseminate best practice from the HEI experience and to tap into the immense research opportunities within our academic institutions.”

Notes to editors

• Universities and colleges across the UK are increasingly embracing the principles of mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Mediation is now widely used to resolve campus and workplace disputes quickly, effectively and at comparatively low cost.

• The one day forum will explore the issues and trends facing Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The forum will also look at best practice in dispute resolution to prevent conflicts getting out of hand.

• Established in 2007, The Professional Mediators' Association exists to promote excellence in all aspects of business, workplace, employment and consumer mediation and consists of over 2500 members from a broad spectrum of organisations. More information about the PMA can be found on its website:

• Some places for tomorrow’s national forum may be available. Please email to enquire or book a place.

• For press and media enquiries, please contact Panos Papakostis on 020 7404 3195 or E-mail:

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