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    • lknights1987
    • By lknights1987 5th Sep 17, 10:41 PM
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    Student Accommodation need to cancel at last minute
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    • 5th Sep 17, 10:41 PM
    Student Accommodation need to cancel at last minute 5th Sep 17 at 10:41 PM
    Hi

    My friend who was due to start university in Birmingham next week has had a phone call from them letting her know that her course has been cancelled. She has quit her job and signed an agreement to rent a room in student accommodation but now she is being told she can't cancel the agreement unless she finds someone else to move into the property.

    The same thing happened last year. The university phoned her to cancel the course telling her they had over booked with students and that she will be booked onto the course a year later. They have told her the same story again this time round.

    Where does she stand in this matter? Will she have to pay for the rent even if she doesn't live there ?
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    • SuzieSue
    • By SuzieSue 6th Sep 17, 10:03 PM
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    I've lived around Birmingham for 15 years. First time I've ever heard of BPP.
    Originally posted by Doozergirl
    You wouldn't have done. They have been going for decades and started off providing professional training courses for Law and Accountancy graduates in the major cities. They have recently started providing university degrees all around the country so there is no reason you would have heard of them unless you were thinking of doing a degree or if you walked past one of their centres.
    • deannatrois
    • By deannatrois 6th Sep 17, 10:06 PM
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    Is your friend a dentist already? If not I'd be a little concerned.., the modules include bone surgery??????If she isn't a dentist already.., why was she signing up for such an advanced course? I would have thought an accredited Dentist would have had alternative ways of training further through more legitimate sources of education.

    I am sorry your friend has got into trouble because of this course.., but it might be a good opportunity to have a long chat with her about life choices.., wise, practical ones. I suspect, if she isn't a dentist already , doing this course could have led to far more trouble than the cancellation has. I know that isn't a lot of comfort to her. But hopefully it will be with time.

    If I am wrong, I apologise. But I suspect I am not.
    • elisebutt65
    • By elisebutt65 6th Sep 17, 10:09 PM
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    I've lived around Birmingham for 15 years. First time I've ever heard of BPP.
    Originally posted by Doozergirl
    I walk past it (according to website it's Colmore Row) on my way to my REAL uni and I've never even seen it. lol

    Wouldn' t touch a private uni with a bargepole. You can't get a student loan so you have to self fund. No government protection.
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    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 7th Sep 17, 8:05 AM
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    BPP is a privately run for profit university, funded solely through tuition fees. What does your friend have in writing? If they are going to be considerably out of pocket they may need to consider taking some sort of action against the "university". You may consider cross posting on the consumer board.
    Originally posted by harrys dad
    BPP's terms and conditions say:

    6.5 BPP reserves the right to cancel a Programme at any time up to ten Working Days prior to the commencement of such a Programme.

    Link: http://www.bpp.com/bpp-university/terms/june-2014
    So it doesn't sound like BPP have breached the contract - but that makes it a very bad contract for the student.

    ...unless the student can show that is an unfair contract term because it gives BPP 'unbalanced rights' - as defined in the Consumer Rights Act 2015
    See: http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/i-think-theres-an-unfair-term-in-my-contract-what-can-i-do
    • csgohan4
    • By csgohan4 7th Sep 17, 8:14 AM
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    BPP's terms and conditions say:



    So it doesn't sound like BPP have breached the contract - but that makes it a very bad contract for the student.

    ...unless the student can show that is an unfair contract term because it gives BPP 'unbalanced rights' - as defined in the Consumer Rights Act 2015
    See: http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/i-think-theres-an-unfair-term-in-my-contract-what-can-i-do
    Originally posted by eddddy


    Another reason for Barge pole time, get a proper UNI and stop hoping, worse for the last 2 times too
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 7th Sep 17, 8:56 AM
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    Would I be out of order to make the assumption that the course only exists to take on students whose qualifications are not good enough to get them on a course at a normal university? I'm not saying that would make such students bad dentists but you'd have to wonder if you saw BPP next to their degree.
    • gingercordial
    • By gingercordial 7th Sep 17, 10:18 AM
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    BPP? That's interesting. I trained with them as a chartered accountant back in the day, after graduating from a "real" university. As far as I was concerned they were an accountancy and law training college for professional qualifications, not a university. I would be surprised to see someone who had their undergraduate degree from BPP.

    The only dentistry programmes they offer are Masters degrees which are only open to people who are already qualified dentists with a minimum of one year in practice and want to get experience in a specialised field. I hope the OP's friend is one of those and read the admission requirements... It may be just how OP writes about her but she sounds like a young person not a qualified dentist who has already been working for a year. I wonder if BPP check applicants meet their entry criteria?
    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 8th Sep 17, 9:22 AM
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    Most universities have similar clauses about closing or cancelling courses.

    Considering some places are making "unconditional" offers to potential students, the small print doesn't guarantee the student a place on a particular course, even if any alternatives are unsuitable to the students needs.

    This is something all prospective HE entrants need to be aware of. Most importantly any student on a sixth form course or an Access to HE course had better not let their foot off the pedal if they get a so-called "unconditional" offer. They could end up with no qualifications to enter HE and the course they thought was guaranteed has dissolved away, leaving them with nothing to show for it and nowhere to go.
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