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Top 5 Most Read Blogs of 2017

Top 5 Most Read Blogs of 2017
2017 has been a fantastic year for Match Solicitors. In addition to being awarded Band 1 recognition within the 2018 edition of Chambers & Partners UK in November, we’ve represented clients across a variety of areas of education law and have delivered our expertise and advice to thousands of people via our blogs. We’ve taken your feedback from social media on board and we’re thrilled to present you with our top 5 most read blogs of 2017.

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My student fee status has been questioned by the university and I’m worried that my fees will go up – Is there anything I can do?

My student fee status has been questioned by the university and I’m worried that my fees will go up – Is there anything I can do?
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.

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I am classed as an international student but believe that I should be entitled to home fees. What can I do?

I am classed as an international student but believe that I should be entitled to home fees. What can I do?
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.

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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.

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I have been called to attend a Fitness to Practise panel and need advice. Can Match help?

I have been called to attend a Fitness to Practise panel and need advice. Can Match help?
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.

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I failed my viva voce examination but I believe that much of this is because of poor supervision on my PhD. What can I do?

I failed my viva voce examination but I believe that much of this is because of poor supervision on my PhD. What can I do?
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.

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I want to make a judicial review against the OIA. What's involved in doing this?

I want to make a judicial review against the OIA. What's involved in doing this?
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.

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Your A Level results are a disappointment — is there anything you can do about it?

Your A Level results are a disappointment — is there anything you can do about it?
If you are one of those unfortunate enough not to have achieved the grades you required, the plans you had for the career you were hoping to pursue may feel as though they are placed in serious jeopardy.

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I don't feel confident in representing myself at an Academic Appeal Panel Hearing. How can Match help?

I don't feel confident in representing myself at an Academic Appeal Panel Hearing. How can Match help?
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.

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I am currently facing a disciplinary issue at my university and don't know what my rights are. Can you help?

I am currently facing a disciplinary issue at my university and don't know what my rights are. Can you help?
If you're facing disciplinary issues, it's important to remember that you have legal rights to appeal. Here at Match Solicitors, we have a highly experienced team of higher education solicitors who have an unparalleled track record in making sure students defend themselves in a professional manner.

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