Our client was informed of an investigation against him alleging serious misconduct of a sexual nature, upon which he was invited to a Disciplinary Hearing at the University and faced permanent exclusion if he were to been found guilty of the offence. The complexity of this case was heightened further due to his diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and the fact that despite knowledge of this, the University refused to allow him to be legally represented during the proceedings.
We were recently instructed by a client in relation to a challenge to the classification of his Masters degree. He had been awarded a Merit for the degree but had been assessed as missing out on a Distinction by a very small margin. We assisted in the preparation of an appeal against the decision and identified that it appeared that the University had not properly applied its regulations when determining what classification to award.
The reason there are two sets of fees in the first place is that UK universities are eligible for government funding to help support the cost of providing education to home students, but not for overseas students. Although the UK is preparing to leave the EU, for now, EU students are still categorised as 'home' students until the Government passes legislation which may then change this.
Difficulties surrounding tuition fee classification are common and are only set to become more so as the UK continues on its path of separating from the EU. For the time being at least, EU students are still considered home students, subject of course to various other criteria.
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.
It is of course, absolutely right that students studying for professional qualifications in medicine, law, social work and so on are subject to extremely high standards of behaviour, as there is a duty to the general public to ensure that such students conduct themselves in a manner that is highly professional and appropriate to their chosen field at all times. Match Solicitors have a proven track record in helping students clear their name before Fitness to Practise panels and getting them back on track and able to pursue their chosen career.
The specific relationship between you and your college or university will be described in the contract you have signed with your institution, including said institution's specific policies, procedures, rules and regulations. In all UK educational institutions, however, there are a number of situations that result in a breach of contract.
Where students do not agree with the OIA's decision regarding their complaint and still don't feel that it's been satisfactorily dealt with, they can turn to the court, which has supervisory authority over the OIA's decisions. This challenge, generally will be against the decision of the OIA and the way in which the OIA made its decision.
Withholding degree results can have seriously damaging consequences for students and their careers, often ruining their chances of gaining employment. Therefore, it's extremely important that universities are challenged when applying academic sanctions.
At Match Solicitors, we have a vast amount of experience representing students at appeal hearings and we have a high success rate in achieving favourable results for them, overturning unfair decisions made against them and getting their academic career back on track.
I would be very willing to recommend Match Solicitors to anyone else needing a specialist education solicitor. They were thorough, knowledgeable, worked in a timely manner and were generally a pleasure to work with.
Mrs McMahon, Cambridge
Match Solicitors would definitely be my first choice, when I need to work with solicitors, who are specialists in education Law.
Miss Kav, London
I felt listened to and at my initial consultation I was given an honest objective opinion. Would be happy to recommend to others who find themselves at odds with their University.