LIYSF Terms & Conditions
1.1 STUDENT CONDITIONS
To attend LIYSF 2017, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- Date of birth must be between 25/7/1995 and 25/7/2001
- Have a good understanding of written and spoken English
- Be studying science and have achieved or be in preparation for taking exam qualifications for university entrance
- If you are applying independently, you must ask your school or college to act as a reference to endorse your application
- Your parent or guardian must endorse your application (if you are under 18 when LIYSF begins). We will send you a parent consent form, which must be returned at least 6 week’s before LIYSF starts.
Please note the information below only refers to our terms and conditions. When booking with us you must make your own arrangements for travel to London, insurance and visa for travel.
1.2 ONLINE APPLICATION
When you are ready and have confirmed funds to support your place you can make your application, only do this when you are sure of your commitment. In order to apply, please go to http://www.liysf.org.uk/booking-forms# - complete the information for all fields.
Applications are subject to approval and will only be accepted after careful consideration and return of your reference (we will contact them by e-mail from the information you provide). Final approval of your application and confirmation of a place at LIYSF 2017 will only be given upon receipt of a satisfactory reference
Should you successfully receive confirmation of your place, we will send you the invoice for payment of the deposit (£250.00 per place) and request that this is paid within 14 days of receipt of the invoice. Full balance payment must be made by 12th June 2017.
The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) is an educational forum owned and operated by ECE Travel Ltd. Royal Parade Mews, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6TN, U.K. Registered No. England 2694595 Vat Registration No. 586689854
The following terms and conditions are the basis of the contract between you and LIYSF (ECE), so please read them carefully. The validity, construction of this agreement shall be governed by laws of the England and Wales and you as the customer agree that if any dispute should arise, this shall be litigated only in England and Wales.
- A contract will exist between LIYSF and the organiser when a booking is accepted, a required payment received and a confirmation invoice issued detailing your booking. If anything is incorrect please contact us straight away.
- All correspondence will be made with the named person on the confirmation invoice. This person will accept the following conditions on behalf of all participants.
- The contract is governed by English Law and any dispute will be dealt with under the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
2.2 PARTICIPANT CODE OF CONDUCT
At LIYSF, we have high standards both on campus and off. We expect all of our participants to represent their country and LIYSF to the highest standard possible.
In order to attend LIYSF, each participant must agree to abide by our participant code of conduct. Failure to do so may result in that person(s) being asked to leave the event. If this should occur, no refund will be given and they must make travel arrangements at their own expense.
Participant agrees to
- Be respectful at all times.
- Attend LIYSF events and arrive punctually for events.
- Discuss any problems with your student buddy or staff member initially. They then may refer you to the Director.
- Behave at all times, with self-discipline.
- Listen carefully to the information given to you by LIYSF staff.
- Provide notice and reasons for any absences to your student buddy.
- Always behave in a sociable manner, be polite and make an effort to talk to people.
- Remember to eat sensibly, make sure you get the right amount of sleep.
- Never leave on your own, always make sure you are with somebody at all times.
- LIYSF has a very strict NO DRUGS policy.
- If over 18, remember to consume alcohol responsibly. All actions are a reflection upon you and LIYSF.
- If under 18, you will not consume alcohol.
- A student shall not impair, interfere with, or obstruct the orderly conduct, process, or function of LIYSF or any of its students, faculty members, officials, guests or the surrounding community.
3.1 PAYMENT CONDITIONS
The participation fee is £1,895 GBP per student.
The fee covers the total cost of the programme; all meals and accommodation; lectures and demonstrations; programme visits and entrance charges; travel in central London to programmed events and the social programme. It does not cover optional sightseeing tours, theatre tickets, visa, insurance and transfer/airfare to London. Participants are responsible for seeking financial assistance to support their attendance at LIYSF.
- A non-refundable deposit of £250 GBP per place is payable at the time of booking.
- Once a booking is confirmed (this is when you have received your booking reference number) the booking deposit is due and further payments are subsequently due – under either payment or cancellation conditions below.
- The balance of the fee (£1,645) must be paid by 12th June 2017.
- If the full amount is paid by 1st March, the balance of the fees will be discounted by £50 per place.
- Overdue funds will be subject to a 3% surcharge over Bank of England lending rates.
- LIYSF does not accept bank charges – please ensure the full amount reaches us
Please note that students are accommodated at LIYSF in shared, single sex rooms with shared bathrooms, using mainly twin, triple and quad rooms. We do have a number of en-suite single rooms available, if you would like be allocated one of these rooms, please e-mail and advise us of this by 1st June. There is an additional cost of £12.50 per night to get a single room with a private bathroom at LIYSF ( £175 for the two weeks).
3.2 PAYMENT METHODS
We accept payment:
- By direct Bank Transfer
- By Cheque in Pounds Sterling (£GBP) drawn on a London Bank branch
- By International Bank Draft in Pounds Sterling (£GBP)
- By Credit Card - please call us with your card. We do not accept Dinners or American Express cards.
- Any booking cancelled will be charge the £250 deposit for administration
- Any booking cancelled after 30th May 2017 will be subject to cancellation charge of £500.
- Any booking cancelled after the 23rd June 2017 will be charged the full participation
- The cancellation date is calculated on the day of receipt of written notification of cancellation.
- Cancellations must be made in writing to Richard.email@example.com
If LIYSF has to make changes
- LIYSF will do its utmost to provide all arrangements as confirmed but reserves the right to alter or cancel any activities, accommodation or other arrangements without notice subject to operational, weather or other considerations.
- If LIYSF makes a major change to your travel arrangements within 8 weeks of commencement of travel arrangements, a suitable alternative of similar or higher standard will be made available where possible. Should this not be possible then compensation will be paid as detailed below unless the change is due to circumstances beyond our reasonable control, including but not limited to war, riot, civil commotion, act of God, industrial dispute, Government action, epidemic, disease, adverse weather or natural disaster.
- We do not usually accept additions or alterations to travel arrangements within 7 days of the commencement of travel arrangements.
4.1 COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
- If there is a problem with any aspect of your travel arrangements, please mention this to the LIYSF staff immediately. In the event of an unresolved complaint, please write to Richard Myhill either by e-mail: Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org or by post: LIYSF, Royal Parade Mews, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6TN England. If your complaint is still not resolved, you have 28 days from the end of your travel arrangements to write to us to explain your grievance.
- If you are still unhappy, your complaint may be referred to independent arbitration for judgement.
4.2 LIYSF RESPONSIBILITY
In common with other companies, LIYSF acts only as an agent for programme members in arranging for room accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, admissions and restaurant reservations as appropriate and agreed in each itinerary. As such, LIYSF shall not be liable for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned by reason of any company or person engaged in conveying the passengers, or otherwise in connection therewith, of any hotel owner, manager or employee. If you make any arrangements to visit non programmed activities, this is your responsibility and any impact it has on your ability to participate in the programme, this is your responsibility.
LIYSF does not own or operate, nor is it an agent for any of the suppliers which will provide goods and services for the trip or for any option which may be available in connection with the trip (including optional sightseeing, car rental, etc.) and LIYSF has not priced the trip or option to allow LIYSF to guarantee against failure of any such suppliers. Accordingly, participant(s) agree to seek remedies directly with the supplier, and not to hold LIYSF or sponsoring organisation liable, in the absence of its negligence, for any loss, injury, delay or expense which results directly or indirectly from any action or omission, whether negligent, criminal or otherwise, of any entity providing goods and services for the trip or any available option (e.g. without limitation, the quality of services, cleanliness of a hotel, hotel overbooking or any flight delays). Participant(s) also agree not to hold LIYSF or sponsoring organisation liable for circumstances beyond its control (e.g. force majeure, terrorism, war, or acts of God). Participant(s) acknowledge that neither LIYSF nor its agents have made any representation or promises with the respect to the tour described herein except as expressly set forth in LIYSF literature, unless such agreement is in writing and signed by Richard Myhill.
4.3 YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
- It is the responsibility of the student/organiser to advise LIYSF of a person’s special dietary requirements, emergency contact details, illness, and disabilities, social or behavioural problems which might affect the person or other guests during the travel arrangements.
- LIYSF may request written confirmation from a GP/teacher confirming the suitability of the travel arrangements for the person if deemed necessary.
- LIYSF reserves the right to exclude any person before or after travel arrangements commence if important personal details have not been fully declared and/or his/her behaviour is incompatible with the general enjoyment and wellbeing of others. Any costs would be entirely the responsibility of the organiser.
- Inappropriate behaviour may include:
- Under age buying or consumption of alcohol
- Suspected involvement with illegal drugs
- Smoking outside of designated areas and smoking by under 16s
- Theft or illegal activities
- Threatening behaviour, bullying, offensive or insulting language to other guests, LIYSF staff or any other person
- Anti-social behaviour affecting the overall enjoyment of travel arrangements for other guests
4.4 PERSONAL PROPERTY
- Personal property, including baggage, is each person’s own responsibility at all times, unless any loss or damage is due to negligence or failure by LIYSF to carry out its responsibility.
- Any personal information requested at the time of booking and on subsequent communications is held on computer and required to allow our employees, agents, sub-contractors and suppliers to provide the contracted travel arrangements. By providing us with the information required for booking you are deemed to accept the above and to have gained consent from all members of your party to disclose their details to us.
Please be advised that customs, traditions and expectations may be different to your home country and you must respect the customs, rules and obligations during your stay in England.
- LIYSF regularly takes photographs and videos for promotional and training purposes. If you do not want you or your group participants to appear in these you must write to Richard Myhill either by e-mail: Richard.email@example.com or by post: LIYSF, Royal Parade Mews, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6TN England.
- LIYSF strongly recommends that all persons travelling obtain appropriate insurance coverage.
5.1 LIYSF STUDENT PROTECTION POLICY
LIYSF recognises that the care, protection and welfare of all our participants is paramount and that they have the right to be protected from all types of harm. Below is our student protection policy that applies to all participants, regardless of whether they are under or over 18 years old. This is referred to below as our child protection policy.
LIYSF Child Protection Policy
- The welfare of any child attending LIYSF is paramount. LIYSF is committed to Child Protection and the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults. This policy is in place to protect all children attending LIYSF.
- LIYSF values, respects and listens to children
- No child or group of children attending LIYSF will be treated any less favourably than others in being able to access services which meet their particular needs
- All children without exception have the right to protection from LIYSF from abuse regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs
- The policy is reviewed, approved and endorsed by the Director: Mr Richard Myhill and ECE Chairman: Mr Mike Clark
- This policy applies to all LIYSF and ECE staff
- We will take measures to ensure our policy is communicated to students, parents and staff appropriately.
- All concerns, and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously by LIYSF/ECE and responded to appropriately - this may require a referral to children’s social care services, the independent Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for allegations against staff and other volunteers, and in emergencies, the police
- LIYSF is committed to safe staff recruitment, selection and vetting
- LIYSF acts in accordance with 1989 and 2004 Children Acts (UK) and latest legislation, guidelines and policies.
- LIYSF acts in adherence to Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 1989
LIYSF is committed to child safety with many policies in place, including;
- Emergency procedures, which all LIYSF staff are trained in.
- During LIYSF there is at least one first aider present.
- A 24/7 Emergency telephone number is available throughout with trained staff on-site.
- All students are issued with a lanyard which must be worn at all times, this has key emergency information on.
- Students are allocated a staff buddy who will be their initial contact person and will check in with them daily.
- At all LIYSF programmed events there is always an LIYSF staff member present.
- If a student wishes to deviate from the main programme, they must advise their buddy and leave with at least one other student.
- Each student must agree to our code of conduct/behaviour, which aims to prevent bullying and harassment.
- LIYSF has checked all venues that we use/visit to ensure all have appropriate insurance cover.
- LIYSF has conducted/requested risk assessments where appropriate
- LIYSF only takes photos for promotional purposes and typically in group settings, if parents wish photos not to be taken please advise us by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We do ask students to take out their own travel/medical insurance before attending (where appropriate).
- LIYSF can help students that must take prescribed medication and provide support and fridges where possible. Parents should in this case contact us with information in English and a letter from their doctor.
- Students are accommodated in single sex, shared bedrooms that are locked and used by LIYSF students only.
- An LIYSF staff member resides in each accommodation used during LIYSF (typically 5-8 staff per residence).
- Each residence used has a manned 24hr reception.
- LIYSF provides meals throughout (choice at each meal) and caters, where possible, to dietary needs - if a student has a concern, please advise LIYSF staff immediately to help.
- If a student has a learning or special need, please advise us and we will endeavour to do all that we can to help.
- Students are encouraged to store valuables in the reception safe.
- LIYSF has made available a 24hr multi-faith prayer room that all students may use.
- Responsible on-site person is: Richard Myhill. If a student has a problem, they should talk to a member of staff immediately. Students may always approach directly Richard Myhill. If a student feels unable to discuss their issue with an LIYSF staff member, we can help them call Childline – 0800 1111.
6.1 DATA PROTECTION ACT
In accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998, you consent to our processing of your personal data in manual, electronic or in any other form relevant to this agreement by us, or any LIYSF appointed third party. Data is held securely and will not be publically published and only used for the requirements of attending LIYSF and/or future communications messages relating to LIYSF/ECE. Information is held on our database until you request it removed and will be stored securely.
6.2 INSOLVENCY PROTECTION
In accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Tour Regulations 1992”, all passengers booking with LIYSF (ECE Travel Ltd) are fully insured for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of ECE Travel Ltd. This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Chapman Stevens through IGI Insurance Company Ltd. In the unlikely event of insolvency you must inform Towergate Chapman Stevens immediately on +44 1932 334140 or alternatively in writing to Towergate Chapman Stevens, Towergate House, 22 Wintersells Road, Byfleet, Surrey KT14 7LF. Please ensure you retain your booking confirmation form as evidence of cover and value.Policy Exclusions: This policy will not cover any monies paid for Travel Insurance or any claim relating to Air Flights. Please ensure the Company you have booked with has the appropriate CAA / ATOL Bonds in place.
All details here are published in good faith as of September 2016.