As I understand it, it is fine for the institution to charge any external provider, such as an external assessor, for the hire of a room as they have no connection with your institution and have not been invited in by you. An external assessor or any private individual is in exactly the same position as any external person who wishes to book a room at an HEI -- there is a room hire charge. In the case of the educational psychologists, we have invited them in to provide a service for our students, we have also met with them, discussed their terms and conditions and the expectations on both sides of the agreement. Thus, I think we are in a different contractual relationship with the educational psychologists from that which would be the case for any external supplier.
From: Jeff Hughes [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 30 March 2010 11:20
To: [log in to unmask]; Claire Wickham
Subject: Re: Charging for rooms
Isn't this a knotty question?
Claire's response is a good indication of some of the potential
difficulties in charging psychologists and assessors for the use of
Firstly there may be a competition law objection to charging an
external assessor and thus unfairly favouring your internal provision.
Secondly there are advantages to supporting the provision of services
for your students - not least of which is the possibility of having
some input to the assessment process and outcome - even if only by
way of information flow and goodwill!
Jeff Hughes Registered Practitioner Psychologist
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From: Claire Wickham
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Subject: Re: Charging for rooms
> We would charge an external assessor for the room, because we have
> our own assessment centre on site. We would also charge any
> tutor for room hire. (This would be the institution charging not
> Disability Service.)
> We do not charge our Ed Psychs because we have negotiated a fee for
> them that takes into account the fact that we, among other things,
> not make a charge for room hire. We regard the Ed Psychs as
> a service for our students and we make the bookings etc.
> From: Discussion list for disabled students and their support
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sheila Watts
> Sent: 29 March 2010 20:32
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> Subject: Charging for rooms
> Do any other institutions charge visiting Psychologists for the use
> of a room to carry out their assessments?
> I know some institutions charge assessors but should Psychologists
> treated diferently?
> Sheila Watts
> Manager of the Support Service for Students with Disabilities
> Liverpool Hope University
> Hope Park
> Liverpool L16 9JD
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