Diploma Terms & Conditions

Bookings for the Financial Times Non-Executive Director course (the "Course"), are subject to the terms set out below. Our acceptance of your application will give rise to a legally binding contract between you (“You”) and us, The Financial Times Limited ("FT") on these terms.

1.   Applications

1.1 If You have registered for a Course, FT will email You a link to an online Application form which must be completed within 14 days of the date You registered.  If we do not receive your completed Application form within 14 days, we reserve the right to release your space.

1.2 All completed applications are subject to acceptance by FT. FT reserves the right to refuse to accept any booking in its absolute discretion.

1.3 If Your application is successful, FT will confirm acceptance of Your application by email. Following that, FT will send you further information including joining instructions   prior to the start of Your Course. 

1.4   By submitting Your application, You are undertaking to FT that You have never been disqualified as a director in any jurisdiction, or rejected or debarred from membership of any professional body.

2.   Fees and Payment

2.1 Part of the Course fee (the “Fee”) is due on registration and the remainder on FT’s acceptance of Your application.

2.2 If Your application is successful, the remainder of the Fee must be paid by the date that is 25 days following FT’s email confirmation that Your application has been accepted, or by the Course start date, whichever is earlier. FT reserves the right to prevent you from participating in the Course (including taking any exams) until we have received full payment of the Fee.

2.3 If Your application is unsuccessful for any reason, any part of the Fee already paid to FT will be refunded to You.

2.4 Travel, accommodation and all other expenses are not included in the Fee.

2.5   Unless expressly provided for under these Terms and Conditions, Fees are non-refundable. Without limiting the foregoing, if you fail to attend any tuition sessions or complete any exams required as part of the Course, any outstanding Fees will remain payable.

2.6 If You are entitled to a refund under these Terms and Conditions, payment will be either by bank transfer or to the card you used to make payment.

 3. Changes, Cancellations and Postponements

3.1   All Courses are subject to availability and demand. Places are limited and early registration is recommended. Once the maximum number of candidates is reached for a particular Course, we will not be able to accept any further bookings for that Course.

3.2 It may be necessary for FT to alter the content, format, tutors, venue or timing of a Course. You will be notified of any such changes prior to Your Course commencing.

3.3 If there are insufficient numbers or exceptional circumstances, FT need to postpone or cancel a Course and will notify You as soon as reasonably practicable of any such postponement or cancellation. If a Course is cancelled, or if a Course is postponed and You cannot attend the rearranged date, we will refund any Fees paid for that Course. You agree that FT’s liability to You in the event of a cancellation or postponement will be limited to the Fees paid and FT will not be liable to You for any expenditure, damage or loss incurred by You as a result of the cancellation or postponement.

3.4 FT reserves the right to cancel your attendance at the Course and retain any Fees received in respect of your proposed Course attendance if You (or any of the shareholders or directors of the legal entity which You represent) become(s) subject to any Sanction, or continuation of these terms would (in the reasonable opinion of FT) expose FT or any of its affiliated companies to any Sanction, where “Sanction” means any sanction, prohibition or restriction under United Nations resolutions or the trade or economic sanctions, laws or regulations of the European Union, United Kingdom, Hong Kong or United States of America.

3.5  You have the right to cancel Your registration by phone or e-mail within 2 working days from the date you first registered for the Course and any part of the Fee already paid will be refunded.

3.   Training Sessions and Examinations

3.1   Appropriate behaviour is expected when you attend a training session or examination or participate in any online group activities. FT reserves the right to refuse you admission or eject You from the Course for failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions, or if in FT’s opinion You represent a security risk or nuisance to the running of the Course, or if Your behaviour is otherwise unacceptable in FT’s opinion.

3.2. You are permitted to make reasonable video or audio recordings and to take photographs at the Course, in each case for your own personal use. You must not make video or audio recordings of the whole (or substantially the whole) of the Course or of any session within the Course, or use any recordings or photographs for commercial purposes, unless expressly permitted by FT.

3.3 You are responsible for arranging your own appropriate insurance cover in connection with your attendance at the Course. To the maximum permitted by law, FT shall not be liable for any kind of loss of damage to You or your personal property, unless caused by our negligence.

3.4   To qualify and obtain the certificate you must pass the Course examination within twenty months of the end of the Course on which you enrolled. You may attempt the exam up to three times.

4.   Study Materials

4.1   You agree that FT or its licensors owns the copyright in all of the study materials (which includes assessment papers). You may not copy any of these either in whole or in part, by any method whatsoever, without FT’s prior written permission.

4.2   The study materials themselves will become Your personal property once we have delivered them to You. You must not allow them to be used by any other person. We will usually provide You with your copy of the study materials at the first workshop or training session.

4.3   All study materials are supplied in the English language only. All assessments must be written in the English language. You will not be entitled to see a copy of any of your marked assessments.

4.4   Access to the online platform (the "Platform") is granted to You for the period of the course, provided always that you comply with the Terms of Use for that Platform. Without prejudice to those Terms of Use, You agree that: (a) You are responsible for all activities carried out on the Platform under your username; (b) You must not share your password with anyone else; (c) You must not interfere with, or try to interfere with, information that belongs to another user; and (d) You will not use the Platform to use or publish material that is obscene, libelous or defamatory.

4.5   The Platform on which the course materials are made available is compatible with generally-used internet browser / operating system environments, but you are responsible for ensuring that your computer and internet setup is compatible.

4.6   When the Learning logs and Case studies have been marked, the originals will be returned to you. Any copyright in those materials remains your property. The scripts and the papers for the Financial Controlled Assessment are retained by the FT Approved Centre and are not returned to the candidates.

5.   Data Protection

5.1   All information collected by FT about you will be used by FT in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

5.2  The names of successful candidates will be published in a congratulatory notice in the FT unless you have notified us that you do not wish your name to be published. We will email all successful candidates with instructions on how to notify us if You do not wish Your name to be published.

6.   Limitation of Liability

6.1   Subject to clause 6.3, FT shall not be liable to You for any direct, indirect economic or consequential loss or any loss of business, use, profit, anticipated profit, contracts, revenues, goodwill or anticipated savings arising in connection with this Agreement, even if You have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damage, and FT’s total liability to You in connection with the Course or with any representation, statement, negligent act or omission arising under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions, will be limited to the total Fee.

6.2   Except as expressly provided in these Terms and Conditions no warranty, condition, undertaking or term, express or implied, statutory or otherwise as to the condition quality performance, durability or fitness for purpose of the Course or any of the study materials is given or assumed and all such warranties, conditions, undertakings and terms are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

6.3   Nothing in this Agreement shall operate to exclude or restrict either party’s liability for death or personal injury caused by that party’s negligence; for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or for any liability which cannot be limited or excluded by law.

6.4   Neither party shall be liable for failure to perform or delay in performing any obligation under this Agreement if the failure or delay is caused by any circumstances beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, war, civil commotion, third party industrial dispute or interruption to any telecommunication satellite or broadcast service (including without limitation the internet) or third party software used to carry or make available the course or materials to you. If such delay or failure continues for at least ninety (90) days, either party will be entitled to terminate this Agreement by notice in writing to the other.

7.   Appeals Process

7.1   Full details of the appeals process are available on request from ned-diploma@ft.com.

8.   Extensions and deferrals policy

8.1   Full details of the policy on deferrals and extensions are available here or on request from ned-diploma@ft.com. Please note that all deferral requests are subject to a 10% administration fee.

9.   General

9.1 These Terms and Conditions (including any non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with these terms and conditions) are governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

9.2   You may not assign your rights or obligations under these Terms and Conditions. FT may transfer its rights and obligations under these Terms and Conditions to any successor in title to its business or to any entity to which a substantial part of its business is transferred.

9.3 Failure or delay by FT to exercise any of its rights or remedies (full or partial) under these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute any form of waiver.

9.4   No variation to these Terms and Conditions shall be valid unless it is in writing and signed by each party.

9.5   These Terms and Conditions are not intended to nor shall it create any rights, entitlements, claims or benefits enforceable by any person that is not a party to it.

9.6   Each provision of these Terms and Conditions is severable and distinct from the others. If a provision of these Terms and Conditions is, or becomes, to any extent illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall to that extent be deemed not to form part of these Terms and Conditions but that will not affect the legality, validity or enforceability of any other provision of these Terms and Conditions.

9.7   Any notice must be in writing. Notices must be delivered by hand or by recorded delivery or courier, or sent by fax. Any notice shall be deemed to have been served if delivered by hand, at the time and date of delivery; if sent by fax, at the time of the successful fax transmission report; and if sent by recorded delivery or courier, upon the date of receipt (as evidenced by signature).

9.8   These Terms and Conditions and any further terms provided during the booking process constitute the entire agreement between you and FT, and supersede any previous agreements between us relating to the provision of the Course or any associated materials.

9.9   If you have any queries in relation to these Terms and Conditions, please contact ned-diploma@ft.com.