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I believe that my university is in breach of its contract towards me but how do I prove this?

I believe that my university is in breach of its contract towards me but how do I prove this?

Proving that your university is in breach of contract always comes down to gathering all the relevant evidence to support your case and presenting that evidence in a timely and professional manner through the correct channels. If your case is strong and your evidence is clear, you have a very good chance of succeeding.

Why is education a question of contracts?

It's almost two decades now since university fees were introduced in this country. When that happened, the relationship between student and education-provider became a contractual one and was, legally speaking, changed irrevocably.

Since 1998, university degree course fees have gone from zero to around £10,000 in some cases. Ph.D. students meanwhile, are currently expected to pay an annual fee of between £3,000 and £6,000, unless of course they happen to be from overseas, in which case those fees can be expected to rise to as much as £18,000. What all of this means is that with students now paying such significant sums for their education, that education had better be of an extremely high standard.

Essentially, when education became a commodity to be paid for and consumed like any other, the relationship between students and universities became a contractual one, with contract law and consumer rights now being wholly applicable.

Therefore, students who feel short-changed by their college or university may very well have had their contract breached and they need to remember that the law exists for their protection.

When are universities in breach of contract?

There are many situations that can be said to constitute a breach of contract between university and student, the most common of which occur when:

* university lecturers and/or tutors routinely fail to attend lectures or seminars

* universities consistently fail to provide satisfactory or competent supervision

* university staff fail to adhere to official internal procedures

* the required facilities for the successful completion of your course are not provided

If any of the above situations apply to you, you will almost certainly have a case for breach of contract. All that remains is for you to gather together the relevant proof.

If, however, you are unsure whether or not your university or college has a case to answer, Match Solicitors can help you. One service we provide amounts to a meticulously detailed analysis of the specifics of your case. Most importantly, this includes a clear appraisal of its strengths and weaknesses. We have a team of specialist lawyers with specific experience of UK university breach of contract cases, who will give you a straightforward assessment of how your case is likely to fare, taking into account the costs of the case and any damages you would hope to be awarded.

We also have a first-rate reputation in representing students in such cases, very often achieving favourable outcomes that satisfy both parties without having to go to trial.

Before you decide if you wish to take action, give us a call today to discuss your case further with one of our breach of contract experts.

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