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    (Original post by Edknight1)
    I’ve been offered a conditional place for 2018/19 entry and have met the criteria/conditions, accepted the offer and received confirmation. However, I was emailed today saying they didn’t mean to offer me a place because of a clerical error.
    I wondered what rights I have seeing as I’ve accepted the offer almost a week ago now. I don’t have any other choices so it’s high stakes for me!
    My university told me that they had accidentally sent me my offer, my head of year called them and argued that this wasn't ok and they allowed me to continue I am now in my final year here.

    Are there any other unis you could apply to that are still accepting applicants? Or maybe you could reapply to this one through clearing?

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    Accepting an offer is not equivalent to enrolment.

    Breaching CMA guidelines is not the same as breaching a contract (although I would definitely recommend OP reports the uni to CMA so they get a wrist slap and hopefully sort themselves out).

    It’s often worth pursuing with senior management and an advocate who can apply pressure. Universities will often honour the original decision to avoid bad publicity. But do that with caution - if they want to reject you because they don’t feel that you are suited or prepared for the course then be ready to work your arse off to succeed. Talking your way onto a course and then failing or dropping out isn’t ideal.

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    Accepting an offer is not equivalent to enrolment.

    Breaching CMA guidelines is not the same as breaching a contract (although I would definitely recommend OP reports the uni to CMA so they get a wrist slap and hopefully sort themselves out).
    I am sorry, in this context that isn't right.

    The CMA is giving guidance on its view of the law. Obviously, the CMA does not determine the law; that is for the courts. However the CMA is saying what it thinks the law is (it is not a view with which I agree).


    The CMA accepts Moran, hook, line and sinker as controlling the situation (see paragraphs 4.23 and 4.24). You can see that the CMA analysis of adjustment and clearing (para 4.44) fails to address the legal difficulties (the non-consensual nature of adjustment, the possibility of refusing releases into clearing, the possibility that inviting applicants to break contracts is an actionable tort).

    The CMA contemplates the possibility of a second contract being entered into at enrollment but also the possibility of no second contract being entered into at enrollment (para 4.48). In those cases where no second contract is entered into, acceptance of an offer is legally equivalent to enrollment.

    Entering into a contract is a consensual process (the law does not recognise a legally binding "agreement to agree" . The CMA does not deal with the situation where the university wants to enter into a second contract at enrollment but the applicant says "no thanks, I am perfectly happy with the contract you entered into when you gave me the unconditional offer"

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    (Original post by Edknight1)
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    Might I ask for which course?
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