Competition and Markets Authority

The new students are safely enrolled, the numbers are in, and thoughts may have turned (amongst other things) to making changes to current and future academic provision.  Some changes will not be controversial and most are for the benefit of existing and future students, however changes which negatively impact existing students, or which are not properly notified to applicants, run the risk of falling foul of the Higher education: consumer law advice for providers and students from the CMA.  After a flurry of activity from 2014-2016, the CMA has been relatively quiet in relation to Universities this year, but government focus is shifting back to the student contract, and the student as consumer.  Universities should review their compliance with the CMA advice and particularly ensure there are no academic sanctions linked to non-academic debts.



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