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These Terms of Use of MedicalColleges, and any documents referred to herein, set out the terms and conditions on which you are permitted to use our website, www.medical-colleges.net (our website). By using our websites, you agree to be bound by, and to comply with, these Terms of Use.

The following documents cover:


Terms of Use


These Terms of Use are effective from 19 May 2018.

Please read these Terms of Use carefully. We recommend that you print off a copy of these Terms of Use for your records, as well as any future versions of them, as we may update them from time to time. YOUR ATTENTION IS PARTICULARLY DRAWN TO CLAUSES 14 (EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY), 15 (INDEMNIFICATION), 16 (DISCLAIMERS) AND 17 (AGE RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF OUR WEBSITE).

If for any reason whatsoever you do not agree to these Terms of Use or do not wish to be bound by them, you must not access or use our website.

Contents
  • Our details
  • Your responsibility for others who access our website using your device or internet connection
  • Other documents governing your use of our website
  • Availability of our website
  • Changes we may make to these Terms of Use and other documentation
  • Your account details
  • Ownership of material on our website
  • Information and content on our website provided on non-reliance basis
  • Permitted use of materials on our website
  • Prohibited uses of our website
  • Viruses and other harmful content
  • Links to other websites
  • Links to our website
  • EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
  • INDEMNIFICATION
  • DISCLAIMERS
  • AGE RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF OUR WEBSITE
  • Governing law and jurisdiction
  • Copyright, credit and logo


User Content Agreement


This User Content Agreement sets out the terms that apply to you when you use any interactive functions on our website www.medical-colleges.net (our website). By publishing comments, you agree to this User Content Agreement, you agree to be bound by its terms in addition to our website terms of use, you acknowledge that your information will be processed in accordance with our privacy policy, and that we use cookies and similar technologies in accordance with our cookies policy.

This User Content Agreement is effective from 21st May 2018.

Please read this User Content Agreement carefully. If for any reason whatsoever you do not agree to this User Content Agreement or do not wish to be bound by any or all of its terms, you must leave our website immediately, and you must not access or use any interactive functions of our website, link to our website, contact other users of our website or upload any content to our website.

Contents
  • Basis of agreement
  • Variation of this User Content Agreement
  • Content uploaded to our website
  • Rights you grant in relation to content uploaded to our website
  • Prohibited uses of our website
  • Prohibited Content
  • Actions we may take in relation to uploaded content
  • No responsibility for user-generated content
  • Viruses and other harmful content
  • Links to other websites
  • Links to our website
  • Conflict
  • Severance
  • Assignment
  • Waiver
  • Third party rights
  • Reservation of rights
  • Governing law and jurisdiction
  • Copyright, credit and logo


Privacy Policy


This Privacy Policy sets out how we, International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) and the ISAS Network (StudyOverseas.com, InternationalGraduate.net, Medical-Colleges.net, MBA-courses.com and Science-Engineering.net ), owned by BigChoice Group Limited, collect, store and use information about you when you use or interact with our websites. This Privacy Policy is effective from 22 May 2018.

Contents
  • Summary
  • Our details
  • Information we collect when you visit our website
  • Information we collect when you contact us
  • Information we collect when you interact with our website
  • Our use of automated decision-making and profiling
  • How we collect or obtain information about you from third parties
  • Disclosure and additional uses of your information
  • How long we retain your information
  • How we secure your information
  • Your rights in relation to your information
  • Your right to object to the processing of your information for certain purposes
  • Sensitive Personal Information
  • Changes to our Privacy Policy
  • Children
  • Copyright, credit and logo


Summary
This section summarises how we obtain, store and use information about you. It is intended to provide a very general overview only. It is not complete in and of itself and it must be read in conjunction with the corresponding full sections of this Privacy Policy.

  • Data controller: Simon Andrews
  • How we collect or obtain information about you:
    • when you provide it to us (e.g. by contacting us through one of our company emails, completing an enquiry form, signing up to an email newsletter or creating an account.
    • from your use of our website, using cookies, web beacons, automated decision-making and profiling.
  • Information we collect: name, contact details, IP address, information from cookies, information about your computer or device (e.g. device and browser type), information about how you use our website (e.g. which pages you have viewed, the time when you view them and what you clicked on, the geographical location from which you accessed our website (based on your IP address), your study level, and any other information that you choose to provide to us as part of the ISAS Network sign up and enquiry or contact process.
  • How we use your information: for administrative and business purposes (particularly to contact you), to improve our business and website, to fulfil our contractual obligations, to advertise our and services, to analyse your use of our website, in connection with our legal rights and obligations and to help us give you the most relevant information and therefore a better experience on our website.
  • Disclosure of your information to third parties: only to the extent necessary to run our business, to our service providers, where required by law or to enforce our legal rights.
  • Do we sell your information to third parties (other than in the course of a business sale or purchase or similar event): No
  • How long we retain your information: for no longer than necessary, taking into account any legal obligations we have (e.g. to maintain records for tax purposes), any other legal basis we have for using your information (e.g. your consent, performance of a contract with you or our legitimate interests as a business). For specific retention periods in relation to certain information which we collect from you, please see the main section below entitled How long we retain your information.
  • How we secure your information: using appropriate technical and organisational measures such as storing your information on secure servers, encrypting transfers of data to or from our servers using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology, encrypting payments you make on or via our website using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology, only granting access to your information where necessary.
  • Use of cookies and similar technologies: we use cookies and similar information-gathering technologies such as web beacons and Google Analytics on our website including essential, functional, analytical and targeting cookies. For more information, please visit our cookies policy.
  • Use of automated decision making and profiling: we do not use automated decision making and/or profiling.
  • Your rights in relation to your information

    • to access your information and to receive information about its use
    • to have your information corrected and/or completed
    • to have your information deleted
    • to restrict the use of your information
    • to receive your information in a portable format
    • to object to the use of your information
    • to withdraw your consent to the use of your information
    • to complain to a supervisory authority
  • Sensitive personal information: we do not knowingly or intentionally collect what is commonly referred to as 'sensitive personal information' without your explicit consent. Please do not submit sensitive personal information about you to us. For more information, please see the main section below entitled Sensitive Personal Information.


Our details
The data controller in respect of our website is Bigchoice Group Limited (company registration number: 6842641 of 10-12 The Circle, Queen Elizabeth Street, London, SE1 2JE. You can contact the data controller by writing to Simon Andrews or sending an email to simon.andrews@bigchoicegroup.com

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact the data controller.

Information we collect when you visit our website
We collect and use information from website visitors in accordance with this section and the section entitled Disclosure and additional uses of your information.

Web server log information
We use a server to host our website. Our website server automatically logs the IP address you use to access our website as well as other information about your visit such as the pages accessed, information requested, the date and time of the request, the source of your access to our website (e.g. the website or URL (link) which referred you to our website), and your browser version and operating system.

Our server is located in the United Kingdom.

Use of website server log information for IT security purposes

We collect and store server logs to ensure network and IT security and so that the server and website remain uncompromised. This includes analysing log files to help identify and prevent unauthorised access to our network, the distribution of malicious code, denial of services attacks and other cyber-attacks, by detecting unusual or suspicious activity.

Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation). Legitimate interests: we have a legitimate interest in using your information for the purposes of ensuring network and information security. Use of website server log information to analyse website use and improve our website

We use the information collected by our website server logs to analyse how our website users interact with our website and its features. For example, we analyse the number of visits and unique visitors we receive, the time and date of the visit, the location of the visit, the operating system and browser used, the number of course enquiries made on our websites and the number of links clicked on.

We use the information gathered from the analysis of this information to improve our website. For example, we use the information gathered to change the information, content and structure of our website and individual pages based according to what users are engaging most with and the duration of time spent on particular pages on our website.

Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation. Legitimate interest: improving our website for our website users and getting to know our website users' preferences so our website can better meet their needs and desires. Cookies and similar technologies
Cookies are data files which are sent from a website to a browser to record information about users for various purposes

We use cookies and similar technologies on our website, including essential, functional, analytical and targeting cookies and web beacons. For further information on how we use cookies, please see our cookies policy.

You can reject some or all of the cookies we use on or via our website by changing your browser settings, but doing so can impair your ability to use our website. For further information about cookies, including how to change your browser settings, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org or see our cookies policy.

Information we collect when you contact us
We collect and use information from individuals who contact us in accordance with this section and the section entitled Disclosure and additional uses of your information.

Email
When you send an email to the email address displayed on our website we collect your email address and any other information you provide in that email (such as your name, telephone number and the information contained in any signature block in your email).

Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interest(s): responding to enquiries and messages we receive and keeping records of correspondence.

Contact form
When you contact us using our contact form, we collect your name and contact details.
If you do not provide the mandatory information required by our contact form, you will not be able to submit the contact form and we will not receive your enquiry.

Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interest(s): responding to enquiries and messages we receive and keeping records of correspondence.

Phone
When you contact us by phone, we collect your phone number and any information provide to us during your conversation with us. We record phone calls.

Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation)
Legitimate interest(s): responding to enquiries and messages we receive and keeping records of correspondence.

Post
If you contact us by post, we will collect any information you provide to us in any postal communications you send us.

Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation)
Legitimate interest(s): responding to enquiries and messages we receive and keeping records of correspondence.

Information we collect when you interact with our website

We collect and use information from individuals who interact with particular features of our website in accordance with this section and the section entitled Disclosure and additional uses of your information.

E-Newsletter
When you sign up for our e-newsletter on our website or opt to receive news and offers from us by entering your name and email address and clicking 'sign up'; we collect your name and contact details.

Legal basis for processing: your consent (Article 6(1)(a) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Consent: you give your consent to us sending you our e-newsletter by signing up to receive it using the steps described above.

Registering on our website
When you register and create an account on our website, we collect the following information: name, email address, IP address, phone number (for employers) and company (for employers) and any other information you provide to us when you complete the registration form including your current level of study, institution, final year of study, subject being studied gender and ethnicity or job title (for employers). If you do not provide the mandatory information required by the registration form, you will not be able to register or create an account on our website. Legitimate interest: registering and administering accounts on our website to provide access to content and facilitate the running and operation of our business.

Marketing communications
In addition to receiving information about our products and services you are opted in to receiving marketing communications from us in relation third party services such as new international courses. Legal basis for processing: consent (Article 6(1)(a) of the General Data Protection Regulation). Consent: you give your consent to us sending you information about third party services by signing up to receive such information in accordance with the steps described above.

Information collected or obtained from third parties

This section sets out how we obtain or collect information about you from third parties.

Information received from third parties
Generally, we do not receive information about you from third parties. The third parties from which we receive information about you will generally include group companies, affiliates or business partners.

It is also possible that third parties with whom we have had no prior contact may provide us with information about you.

Information we obtain from third parties will generally be your name and contact details, but will include any additional information about you which they provide to us.

Legal basis for processing: necessary to perform a contract or to take steps at your request to enter into a contract (Article 6(1)(b) of the General Data Protection Regulation).

Reason why necessary to perform a contract: where a third party has passed on information about you to us (such as your name and email address) in order for us to provide services to you, we will process your information in order to take steps at your request to enter into a contract with you and perform a contract with you (as the case may be).

Legal basis for processing: consent (Article 6(1)(a) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Consent: where you have asked that a third party to share information about you with us and the purpose of sharing that information is not related to the performance of a contract or services by us to you, we will process your information on the basis of your consent, which you give by asking the third party in question to pass on your information to us.

Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interests: where a third party has shared information about you with us and you have not consented to the sharing of that information, we will have a legitimate interest in processing that information in certain circumstances.

For example, we would have a legitimate interest in processing your information to perform our obligations under a sub-contract with the third party, where the third party has the main contract with you. Our legitimate interest is the performance of our obligations under our sub-contract. Similarly, third parties may pass on information about you to us if you have infringed or potentially infringed any of our legal rights. In this case, we will have a legitimate interest in processing that information to investigate and pursue any such potential infringement.


Where we receive information about you in error
If we receive information about you from a third party in error and/or we do not have a legal basis for processing that information, we will delete your information.

Disclosure and additional uses of your information
This section sets out the circumstances in which will disclose information about you to third parties and any additional purposes for which we use your information.

Disclosure of your information to other third parties
We disclose your information to other third parties in specific circumstances, as set out below.

Providing information to third parties such as Google Inc. Google collects information through our use of Google Analytics on our website. Google uses this information, including IP addresses and information from cookies, for a number of purposes, such as improving its Google Analytics service. Information is shared with Google on an aggregated and anonymised basis. To find out more about what information Google collects, how it uses this information and how to control the information sent to Google, please see the following page: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/

Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interest(s): meeting our contractual obligations to Google under our Google Analytics Terms of Service (https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html)

You can opt out of Google Analytics by installing the browser plugin here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Transfer and storage of your information
Information collected by Google Analytics is stored outside the European Economic Area on Google's servers in the United States of America.

For further information about the safeguards used when your information is transferred outside the European Economic Area, see the section of this privacy policy below entitled Transfers of your information outside the European Economic Area.]

Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interest: running and managing our business effectively.

Disclosure and use of your information for legal reasons
Indicating possible criminal acts or threats to public security to a competent authority
If we suspect that criminal or potential criminal conduct has been occurred, we will in certain circumstances need to contact an appropriate authority, such as the police. This could be the case, for instance, if we suspect that we fraud or a cybercrime has been committed or if we receive threats or malicious communications towards us or third parties.

We will generally only need to process your information for this purpose if you were involved or affected by such an incident in some way. Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation). Legitimate interests: preventing crime or suspected criminal activity (such as fraud).

In connection with the enforcement or potential enforcement our legal rights We will use your information in connection with the enforcement or potential enforcement of our legal rights, including, for example, sharing information with debt collection agencies if you do not pay amounts owed to us when you are contractually obliged to do so. Our legal rights may be contractual (where we have entered into a contract with you) or non-contractual (such as legal rights that we have under copyright law or tort law).
Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interest: enforcing our legal rights and taking steps to enforce our legal rights.

In connection with a legal or potential legal dispute or proceedings

We may need to use your information if we are involved in a dispute with you or a third party for example, either to resolve the dispute or as part of any mediation, arbitration or court resolution or similar process.

Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interest(s): resolving disputes and potential disputes.

For ongoing compliance with laws, regulations and other legal requirements
We will use and process your information in order to comply with legal obligations to which we are subject. For example, we may need to disclose your information pursuant to a court order or subpoena if we receive one.

Legal basis for processing: compliance with a legal obligation (Article 6(1)(c) of the General Data Protection Regulation).

Legal basis for processing: our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interest: where the legal obligations are part of the laws of another country and have not been integrated into the United Kingdom's legal framework, we have a legitimate interest in complying with these obligations.


How long we retain your information This section sets out how long we retain your information. We have set out specific retention periods where possible. Where that has not been possible, we have set out the criteria we use to determine the retention period.

Retention periods
Server log information: we retain information on our server logs for up to 6 months.
Order information: when you place an order for goods and services, we retain that information for 15 years following the end of the financial year in which you place your order, in accordance with our legal obligation to keep records for tax purposes.

Correspondence and enquiries: when you make an enquiry or correspond with us for any reason, whether by email or via our contact form or by phone, we will retain your information for as long as it takes to respond to and resolve your enquiry, and for 6 further years after which point we will delete your information as long as you have not requested we delete your information at any point before this retention period finishes.

E-Newsletter: we retain the information you used to sign up for any one of our e-newsletters for as long as you remain subscribed (i.e. you do not unsubscribe) or if we decide to cancel our e-newsletter service, whichever comes earlier.

Criteria for determining retention periods
In any other circumstances, we will retain your information for no longer than necessary, taking into account the following:
  • The purpose(s) and use of your information both now and in the future (such as whether it is necessary to continue to store that information in order to continue to perform our obligations under a contract with you or to contact you in the future);
  • whether we have any legal obligation to continue to process your information (such as any record-keeping obligations imposed by relevant law or regulation);
  • whether we have any legal basis to continue to process your information (such as your consent);
  • how valuable your information is (both now and in the future);
  • any relevant agreed industry practices on how long information should be retained;
  • the levels of risk, cost and liability involved with us continuing to hold the information;
  • how hard it is to ensure that the information can be kept up to date and accurate; and
  • any relevant surrounding circumstances (such as the nature and status of our relationship with you).


How we secure your information
We take appropriate technical and organisational measures to secure your information and to protect it against unauthorised or unlawful use and accidental loss or destruction, including:
  • only sharing and providing access to your information to the minimum extent necessary, subject to confidentiality restrictions where appropriate, and on an anonymised basis wherever possible;
  • verifying the identity of any individual who requests access to information prior to granting them access to information;


Transmission of information to us by email
Transmission of information over the internet is not entirely secure, and if you submit any information to us over the internet (whether by email, via our website or any other means), you do so entirely at your own risk.

We cannot be responsible for any costs, expenses, loss of profits, harm to reputation, damages, liabilities or any other form of loss or damage suffered by you as a result of your decision to transmit information to us by such means.


Your rights in relation to your information
Subject to certain limitations on certain rights, you have the following rights in relation to your information, which you can exercise by writing to 10-12 The Circle, Queen Elizabeth Street, London, SE1 2JE or sending an email to hello@isasonline.org;

  • to request access to your information and information related to our use and processing of your information;
  • to request the correction or deletion of your information;
  • to request that we restrict our use of your information;
  • to receive information which you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format (e.g. a CSV file) and the right to have that information transferred to another data controller (including a third party data controller);
  • to object to the processing of your information for certain purposes (for further information, see the section below entitled Your right to object to the processing of your information for certain purposes); and
  • to withdraw your consent to our use of your information at any time where we rely on your consent to use or process that information. Please note that if you withdraw your consent, this will not affect the lawfulness of our use and processing of your information on the basis of your consent before the point in time when you withdraw your consent.
In accordance with Article 77 of the General Data Protection Regulation, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or of an alleged infringement of the General Data Protection Regulation. For the purposes of the UK, the supervisory authority is the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the contact details of which are available here: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

Further information on your rights in relation to your personal data as an individual
The above rights are provided in summary form only and certain limitations apply to many of these rights. For further information about your rights in relation to your information, including any limitations which apply, please visit the following pages on the ICO's website:
  • https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/; and
  • https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/is-my-information-being-handled-correctly/
You can also find out further information about your rights, as well as information on any limitations which apply to those rights, by reading the underlying legislation contained in Articles 12 to 22 and 34 of the General Data Protection Regulation, which is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/reform/files/regulation_oj_en.pdf

Verifying your identity where you request access to your information
Where you request access to your information, we are required by law to use all reasonable measures to verify your identity before doing so. These measures are designed to protect your information and to reduce the risk of identity fraud, identity theft or general unauthorised access to your information.

How we verify your identity
Where we possess appropriate information about you on file, we will attempt to verify your identity using that information.

If it is not possible to identity you from such information, or if we have insufficient information about you, we may require original or certified copies of certain documentation in order to be able to verify your identity before we are able to provide you with access to your information. We will be able to confirm the precise information we require to verify your identity in your specific circumstances if and when you make such a request.


Your right to object to the processing of your information for certain purposes
You have the following rights in relation to your information, which you may exercise in the same way as you may exercise by writing to 10-12 The Circle, Queen Elizabeth Street, London, SE1 2JE or sending an email to hello@isasonline.org:

  • to object to us using or processing your information where we use or process it in order to carry out a task in the public interest or for our legitimate interests, including 'profiling' (i.e. analysing or predicting your behaviour based on your information) based on any of these purposes; and
  • to object to us using or processing your information for direct marketing purposes (including any profiling we engage in that is related to such direct marketing).
You may also exercise your right to object to us using or processing your information for direct marketing purposes by:
  • clicking the unsubscribe link contained at the bottom of any marketing email we send to you and following the instructions which appear in your browser following your clicking on that link;
  • sending an email to hello@isasonline.org asking that we stop sending you marketing communications or by including the words "OPT OUT".
For more information on how to object to our use of information collected from cookies and similar technologies, please see the section entitled How to accept or reject cookies in our cookies policy.


Sensitive Personal Information
'Sensitive personal information' is information about an individual that reveals their racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, genetic information, biometric information for the purpose of uniquely identifying an individual, information concerning health or information concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation.

We do not knowingly or intentionally collect sensitive personal information from individuals, and you must not submit sensitive personal information to us.

If, however, you inadvertently or intentionally transmit sensitive personal information to us, you will be considered to have explicitly consented to us processing that sensitive personal information under Article 9(2)(a) of the General Data Protection Regulation. We will use and process your sensitive personal information (such as your ethnicity and gender) for the purposes of industry market research. This data is collected in the optional fields in the sign up process or/and by entering the details within your account settings.


Changes to our Privacy Policy
We update and amend our Privacy Policy from time to time.

Minor changes to our Privacy Policy
Where we make minor changes to our Privacy Policy, we will update our Privacy Policy with a new effective date stated at the beginning of it. Our processing of your information will be governed by the practices set out in that new version of the Privacy Policy from its effective date onwards.

Major changes to our Privacy Policy or the purposes for which we process your information
Where we make major changes to our Privacy Policy or intend to use your information for a new purpose or a different purpose than the purposes for which we originally collected it, we will notify you by email (where possible) or by posting a notice on our website.

We will provide you with the information about the change in question and the purpose and any other relevant information before we use your information for that new purpose.

Wherever required, we will obtain your prior consent before using your information for a purpose that is different from the purposes for which we originally collected it.


Children
We do not knowingly collect Personal Information on our Website directly from children under the age of 13. Parents and schools may use our Website to create accounts for children, such as registering them to get access to resource packs and careers advice. We encourage parents and teachers to spend time online with children and to monitor their online activities.

If you believe that a child has created an account on our Website, please contact us to have the account deactivated by sending us an email at hello@isasonline.org or by calling us at 020 7840 2960.


Copyright, credit and logo
This Privacy Policy is based on a General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/769) (GDPR) compliant template provided by GDPR Privacy Policy. For further information, please visit https://gdprprivacypolicy.org The copyright in this Privacy Policy is either owned by, or licensed to, us and is protected by copyright laws around the world and copyright protection software. All intellectual property rights in this document are reserved.

Where we display the GDPR Privacy Policy logo on our website, this is used to indicate that we have adopted a privacy policy template provided by GDPR Privacy Policy as the basis for this Privacy Policy.

Cookies Policy


This Cookies Policy sets out the basis on which we, MedicalColleges
, use cookies and similar technologies on or in relation to our website, www.medical-colleges.net, (our website). MedicalColleges
is part of the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) Network (www.isasonline.org), which is owned by BigChoice Group (www.bigchoicegroup.com).

This Cookies Policy is effective from 20th May 2018.

‘Essential’ cookies are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website or take certain actions on our website.
‘Non-essential’ cookies and other technologies are only placed on your computer or device if you have consented to us doing so. For information on the difference between essential and non-essential cookies, see the section below entitled About cookies.

For information on how you consent and how you can withdraw your consent to us placing non-essential cookies and other technologies on your computer or device, see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies.

Contents
  • About cookies
  • List of cookies used
  • More information about our cookies used
  • Other technologies
  • Why we use cookies & other technologies
  • How to accept or reject cookies
  • Copyright, credit and logo


About cookies

What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor memory or hard drive and stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.

List of cookies used
We use the following cookies on or in relation to our website:

Name of Cookie Essential or Non-Essential Type of Cookie First or Third Party Session or Persistent Expiry Time Purpose
phpsessid Essential Functional First Session Session-Only To allow for site functionality to continue, e.g. interactive elements of the site and storing of current selected options between areas of the site or responses to CAPTCHA forms
Username Essential Functional First Session Session-Only Stores your username for logging in
Password Essential Functional First Session Session-Only Stores your password for logging in
More information about cookies we use

Essential and non-essential cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’. Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:
  • used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
  • strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested

How to opt out of essential cookies
  • Most browsers allow you to block all cookies, including essential cookies. Please note, however, that if you block all cookies, our website and its functionality will not work or display properly.
  • You can delete existing cookies from your browser by clearing your browsing data and ensuring that the option to delete cookies is selected.


For more detailed information on how to accept and reject cookies, including guidance for specific browsers, please see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies

Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyse your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).

We use the following types of non-essential cookies on our website:
  • Functional cookies
  • Analytical (or performance) cookies

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Bribery


Introduction

MedicalColleges, (www.medical-colleges.net), which is owned by BigChoice Group Ltd., values its reputation and is commitment to maintaining the highest level of ethical standards in the conduct of its business affairs. The actions and conduct of the organisation’s staff, as well as others acting on the organisation’s behalf, is key to maintaining these standards.

The purpose of this document is to set out the organisation’s policy in relation to bribery and corruption. The policy applies strictly to all employees, partners, agents, consultants, contractors and to any other people or bodies associated with MedicalColleges within all offices, areas and functions.

Understanding and recognising bribery and corruption

Acts of bribery or corruption are designed to influence an individual in the performance of their duty and incline them to act in a way that a reasonable person would consider to be dishonest under the circumstances.

Bribery can be defined as offering, promising or giving a financial (or other) advantage to another person with the intention of inducing that person to act or to reward them for having acted in a way which a reasonable person would consider improper under the circumstances. Corruption is any form of abuse of entrusted power for private gain and may include, but is not limited to, bribery.

Bribes are not always a matter of handing over cash. Gifts, hospitality and entertainment can be bribes if they are intended to influence a decision.

Penalties

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1stJuly 2011. Under that Act, bribery by individuals is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine. If the organisation is found to have taken part in bribery or is found to lack adequate procedures to prevent bribery, it too could face an unlimited fine.

A conviction for a bribery or corruption related offence would have severe reputational and/or financial consequences for the organisation.

Policy

MedicalColleges will not tolerate bribery or corruption in any form.

The organisation prohibits the offering, giving, solicitation or acceptance of any bribe or corrupt inducement, whether in cash or in any other form:
  • To or from any person or company wherever located, whether a public official or public body, or a private person or company


  • By any individual employee, partner, agent, consultant, contractor or other person or body acting on the organisation’s behalf


  • In order to gain any commercial, contractual or regulatory advantage for the practice in any way which is unethical or to gain any personal advantage, pecuniary or otherwise, for the individual or anyone connected with the individual


This policy is not intended to prohibit the following practices - provided they are appropriate, proportionate and are properly recorded:

  • Normal hospitality


  • Fast tracking a process which is available to all on the payment of a fee; and/or


  • Providing resources to assist a person or body to make a decision more efficiently, provided that it is for this purpose only


It may not always be a simple matter to determine whether a possible course of action is appropriate. If you are in any doubt as to whether a possible act might be in breach of this policy or the law, the matter should be referred to Simon Andrews who is the organisation’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP).

The organisation will investigate thoroughly any actual or suspected breach of this policy, or the spirit of this policy. Employees found to be in breach of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action which may ultimately result in their dismissal.

Key risk areas.

Bribery can be a risk in many areas of the organisation. Below are the key areas you should be aware of in particular:

  • Excessive gifts, entertainment and hospitality can be used to exert improper influence on decision makers. Gifts, entertainment and hospitality are acceptable provided they are within reasonable limits and are authorised by a partner. Any gift or hospitality, either given or received, over the value of £50 per person should be reported to the COLP.


  • Facilitation payments are used by businesses or individuals to secure or expedite the performance of a routine or necessary action to which the payer has an entitlement as of right. The practice will not tolerate or excuse such payments being made.


  • Reciprocal agreements or any other form of ‘quid pro quo’ are never acceptable unless they are legitimate business arrangements which are properly documented and approved by a partner. Improper payments to obtain new business, retain existing business or secure any improper advantage should never be accepted or made.


  • Actions by third parties for which the practice may be held responsible can include actions by a range of people, e.g. agents, contractors and consultants, acting on the practice’s behalf. Appropriate due diligence should be undertaken before a third party is engaged. Third parties should only be engaged where there is a clear business rationale for doing so, with an appropriate contract. Any payments to third parties should be properly authorised and recorded.


  • Record keeping can be exploited to conceal bribes or corrupt practices. We must ensure that we have robust controls in place so that our records are accurate and transparent. The COLP is responsible for all record keeping.


Employee responsibility and how to raise a concern

The prevention, detection and reporting of bribery or corruption are the responsibility of all partners and employees of the practice. If you become aware or suspect that an activity or conduct which is proposed or has taken place is a bribe or corrupt, then you have a duty to report this to the COLP without delay.

Slavery


Introduction


Modern slavery is a heinous crime and a morally reprehensible act that deprives a person's liberty and dignity for another person's gain. It is a real problem for millions of people around the world, including many in developed countries, who are being kept and exploited in various forms of slavery. Every company is at risk of being involved in this crime through its own operations and its supply chain.

At MedicalColleges, we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, and are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operation and supply chain. We have taken concrete steps to tackle modern slavery, as outlined in our statement. This statement sets out the actions that we have taken to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business, and to implement steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking during the financial year 2018.

Our business and supply chains


MedicalColleges (www.medical-colleges.net) is part of the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) Network (www.isasonline.org) owned by BigChoice Group Ltd., (www.bigchoicegroup.com).
We establish a relationship of trust and integrity with all our suppliers, which is built upon mutually beneficial factors. Our supplier selection and on-boarding procedure includes due diligence of the supplier's reputation, respect for the law, compliance with health, safety and environmental standards, and references.
We haven't been made aware of any allegations of human trafficking/slavery activities against any of our suppliers, but if we were, then we would act immediately against the supplier and report it to the authorities.

Policies


BigChoice Group operates the following policies for identifying and preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
  • Whistleblowing Policy - we encourage all employees, customers and suppliers to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of retaliation. We provide a confidential helpline to protect the identity of the whistleblowers.
  • Code of Conduct - our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the business. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing our supply chain.
  • Purchasing Code - we have updated our Purchasing Code and supplier contracts to make explicit reference to slavery and human trafficking.


Supplier due diligence


BigChoice Group conducts due diligence on all new suppliers during on-boarding and on existing suppliers at regular intervals. This includes:
  • Assessing risks in the provision of particular services
  • Auditing the suppliers, and their health and safety standards, labour relations and employee contracts
  • Requiring improvements to substandard employment practices
  • Sanctioning suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with our requirements

  • They don't use any form of forced, compulsory or slave labour
  • Their employees work voluntarily and are entitled to leave work
  • They provide each employee with an employment contract that contains a reasonable notice period for terminating their employment
  • They don't require employees to post a deposit/bond and don't withhold their salaries for any reasons
  • They don't require employees to surrender their passports or work permits as a condition of employment


  • Training


    BigChoice Group has rolled out training to all employees and supplier contacts, which covers:
    • Various forms of modern slavery in which people can be held and exploited
    • The size of the problem and the risk to our organisation
    • How employees can identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking, including unrealistically low prices
    • How employees should respond if they suspect slavery or human trafficking How suppliers can escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant people within their own organisation
    • What external help is available for the victims of slavery
    • What terms and guidance should be provided to suppliers in relation to slavery policies and controls
    • What steps BigChoice Group will take if a supplier fails to implement anti-slavery policies or controls
    • An attestation from employees that they will abide by BigChoice Group's anti-slavery policy

    This statement covers 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 and has been approved by Simon Andrews, CEO & Founder of BigChoice Group, on 18 May 2018.

    Complaints


    Our complaints policy

    MedicalColleges, (www.medical-colleges.net), is part of the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS), which is owned by BigChoice Group Ltd., (www.bigchoicegroup.com).

    BigChoice Group Ltd. is committed to providing a high-quality legal service to all our clients. When something goes wrong, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards.

    If you have a complaint, please contact us with the details. We have eight weeks to consider your complaint. If we have not resolved it within this time you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman.

    What will happen next?

    1. We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within three days of receiving it, enclosing a copy of this procedure.

    1. We will then investigate your complaint. This will normally involve passing your complaint to our client care partner, Simon Andrews, who will review your matter file and speak to the member of staff who acted for you. You can contact Simon by post or email at simon.andrews@bigchoicegroup.com. If Simon Andrews is the subject of your complaint, we will nominate another partner to fulfil the role of Client Care Partner for your complaint.

    1. The Client Care Partner will then invite you to a meeting to discuss and hopefully resolve your complaint. He will do this within 15 working days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.

    1. Within three days of the meeting, the Client Care Partner will write to you to confirm what took place and any solutions he has agreed with you.

    1. If you do not want a meeting or it is not possible, the Client Care Partner will send you a detailed written reply to your complaint, including his suggestions for resolving the matter, within 21 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.

    1. At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again in writing and we will arrange for another partner of the firm who has had no prior involvement with your matter to review the initial decision.

    1. We will write to you within 15 working days of receiving your request for a review, confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.

    1. If you are still not satisfied, you can then contact the Legal Ombudsman about your complaint:

    Legal Ombudsman,
    PO Box 6806,
    Wolverhampton
    WV1 9WJ

    Normally, you will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint or within six years of the act or omission about which you are complaining occurring (or if outside of this period, within three years of when you should reasonably have been aware of it). For further information, you should contact the Legal Ombudsman on 0300 555 0333 or at enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk.