Institute of Education


Contracting with students? Re-thinking higher education as an 'invitation to treat'

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, 18 April 2018

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Room 804, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0AL

In July 2017, the then Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, announced that universities and other higher education institutions will be expected to offer value-for-money contracts that set out what undergraduates should expect in terms of lecture time, assessment and feedback.

Jo Johnson also announced that the newly created Office for Students (OfS) would consult on introducing the contracts to give students more consumer rights and protection over the education for which they are paying. 

While contracts in relation to matters such as accommodation, offer benefits and protections for both parties, contracting with students over their education is highly problematic. Rather, education is better understood as falling short of a contract - known legally as an 'invitation to treat'.

The seminar will then go on to suggests how education-as-invitation is a richer conception of the aims of higher education.

About the speaker

Amanda Fulford is Reader in Philosophy of Education, Leeds Trinity University.


This seminar is open and free to all. It may be of particular interest to Higher Education professionals and students.

Please email Alison Peacock to register.



Alison Peacock