gradireland National Student Challenge

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Terms and conditions

1. Eligibility

1.1 gradireland National Student Challenge, hereinafter referred to as “Competition” is open to all students currently studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at an Irish institution.

1.2 The Competition has two parts:

1.2.1 Part 1 is all online and requires students, hereinafter referred to as "participants", to register their details and then immediately proceed with the online test and exercises. Participants are only permitted one attempt at the online section of the Competition and are unable to save their attempt once they have started. This means participants must register and complete the online section of the Competition in one session. Participants that register more than once will be disqualified as will entries that gradireland, hereinafter referred to as the "Competition Organiser", suspects to be one of multiple attempts or against the spirit of the terms and conditions. Please also see, 3.4 & 3.6 There are four exercises to complete in order for a participant to get a score and appear on the Competition’s Leaderboard. The first two exercises take approximately six minutes each, the second takes approximately 12 minutes with the fourth and final exercise taking approximately 8 minutes to complete. At the beginning of each exercise participants will have the opportunity to practise or have a dummy run to ensure they understand the test before properly taking it. Once a participant has completed the four online exercises he/she will be asked to complete a very short questionnaire about the exercises they have just taken. After this has been completed participants will be automatically shown their score and taken to the Leaderboard which will show how good their score is in comparison to other participants. If a participant’s score remains one of the top 60 scores on the Leaderboard during the period that the online exercises are open then they will be invited by mobile phone or email by a member of gradireland to the Grand Final in Dublin. All participants will be notified by 5.00 pm on Thursday, 1 March 2018 as to whether they have been successful or not in reaching the Grand Final.

1.2.2 Part 2 of the Competition is an event hereinafter referred to as the “Grand Final”, which will be held at Chartered Accountants House in Dublin on 22 March 2018 and is where the overall winner will be selected. Finalists are to arrive at the Grand Final venue for registration at 9.15 am with the event starting at 9.45 am. The event will finish at approximately 6.00 pm. During registration on the day of the Grand Final, each participant must produce appropriate identification to confirm that they are currently studying at an Irish Institution. The identification produced must also match the name registered at the start of the Competition online. If it doesn’t match or appropriate identification cannot be produced then the participant may still be allowed to take part in the final but their score will not be eligible for any prizes or a placing. A college student ID card is considered to be an appropriate form of identification. Participants may also be asked to prove other details submitted to the Competition Organisers such Leaving Certificate grades. Lunch and refreshments throughout the day will be provided for participants. It is the participant’s responsibility to notify the Competition Organisers of any special dietary needs on the registration form. Participants at the Grand Final are expected to cover the cost of their own transportation. Throughout the day participants will undertake numerous exercises all designed and devised to indicate and find the ‘gradireland National Student Challenge’ winner. Each participant at the Grand Final will be ranked and scored after each exercise they take part in throughout the day. These scores will be added to the online score to give an overall score.

The person with the highest overall score will be crowned gradireland National Student Challenge winner and prizes and awards will be presented.

2. Prizes

Prizes won at both Part 1 of the Competition and also Part 2, or Grand Final, will be settled with participants within 14 working days of the Grand Final event concluding.

3. Participation and format

3.1 Each participant acknowledges that in the Grand Final there may be elements that are potentially physically strenuous. For disabled participants or those with medical conditions provisions will be made to ensure equality.

3.2 The Competition Organisers, its officers, employees, affiliates, associated companies, sponsors, supporters or medical advisers are not responsible for any injury or illness that participants may suffer as a result of his/her participation in the Competition. The participant accepts that should any medical or physical condition arise prior to the event which is likely to affect a participant's ability to take part, the participant will withdraw in accordance with these conditions.

3.3 The Competition Organiser may introduce cut off times for Part 1 and Part 2 of the Competition to ensure the fair and proper running of the Competition. This will be initiated by the Competition Organiser at its discretion and participants will be notified as is necessary.

3.4 The Competition Organiser reserves the right at any time to remove participants from the Competition or prevent participants participating in the Competition if in the Competition Organiser’s sole discretion it considers such action necessary for safety reasons or the proper enjoyment of the Competition and Grand Final event by other participants or for any other reasonable reason.

3.5 While the Competition Organiser takes every care with the staging of the Competition and Grand Final event, participants acknowledge that personal accident and personal items insurance are his or her sole responsibility.

3.6 All decisions and rulings by the Competition Organiser and its employees are considered final. Accordingly, the participants will comply with all Competition rules and all instructions and guidelines given by the Competition Organisers. The participant acknowledges and agrees that the Competition Organiser will organise and run the Competition and will have sole authority and be the final arbiter on all decisions relating to the safety, running and organisation of the Competition, the rules of the Competition, the timings of the Competition, placings and prizes.

3.7 Participants acknowledge and accept that circumstances concerning the Competition may change from time to time for reasons out of the Competition Organiser’s reasonable control or otherwise, without the Competition Organiser incurring any liability and without any rights to withdrawal being accrued by the participant.

4. Withdrawals, cancellations, alterations and refunds

4.1 The Competition Organisers can be contacted by either the Contact Us section of the gradireland National Student Challenge website or in writing. The Competition Organisers address is gradireland, 14 – 16 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2.

4.2 If a participant is successful in Part 1 of the Competition then they will be notified by 5.00 pm on Thursday, 1 March 2018 and their confirmation sought for the Grand Final.

4.3 The Competition Organiser reserves the right to alter the closing date for Part 1 of the Competition from that currently publicised.

4.4 The Competition Organiser reserves the right to change the date of the Grand Final from that currently organised. In the event of such a change of date of the Grand Final, and if the participant is unable to attend on the revised date, he/she will regretfully be replaced in the Grand Final by the next best placed participant from Part 1 of the Competition.

4.5 The Competition Organiser or the Competition Supporters will have no further liability whatsoever arising from such a withdrawal as referred to in 4.4 and for the reason referred to in 4.4 even if transport has been purchased to attend the Grand Final by the participant. It is at the Competition Organiser’s discretion as to whether a claim for travel to the Grand Final will be made.

4.6 The Competition Organiser reserves the right to amend the Competition format due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control or for any safety related reason. The Competition Organiser or the Competition Supporters will have no liability whatsoever in the event of the Competition being cancelled.

5. Competition Organiser’s responsibilities/liability

5.1 Notwithstanding anything in these Terms & Conditions the Competition Organiser shall not be liable to any of the participants for any liability in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise for any loss of business, revenue or profits, anticipated savings or wasted expenditure, loss or damage of or to personal equipment belonging to the participants or any indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever (notwithstanding that such loss was within the contemplation of the parties at the date of submitting the entry form) arising out of participants taking part in the Competition or any other matter arising under these Conditions. Without limiting the foregoing, the Competition Organiser will not be liable for any actions of any spectators or other third parties unless otherwise set out herein.

5.2 Accordingly participants by completing the registration form and submitting their details for the Competition expressly and irrevocably renounce, for themselves, heirs and successors in title the right to any recourse or claims whatsoever against the Competition Organiser, its officers, employees, suppliers and/or sponsors and/or persons for whom it is answerable (“Associated Parties”) as a result of any kind of physical, mental or other loss or damage of whatsoever nature (including any loss of earnings, profits, or pain and suffering) suffered by participants, directly or indirectly, or by participants’ families or by any dependents and caused by an event in any way relating to the participant’s participation in the Competition, and the participant hereby undertakes, for him/herself, heirs and successors in title to indemnify and hold harmless the Competition Organiser, and the Associated Parties for any costs and/or amount which they or any of them may be required to pay as a result of any recourse or claim aforesaid by whomsoever made. Participants also agree to indemnify the Competition Organiser and the Associated Parties for any claim, actions, liabilities or losses resulting from any breach of the participant’s declarations above and/or the participant’s negligent acts or omissions and/or willful misconduct.

5.3 Nothing in these Conditions shall exclude or limit the liability of the Competition Organiser:

  • for death or personal injury caused by the Competition Organiser's negligence;
  • for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or
  • for any matter which it would be illegal for the Competition Organiser to exclude or attempt to exclude liability.

5.4 This clause shall be read and construed and shall have effect subject to any limitation imposed by any applicable law.

6. Publicity, data and results

6.1 Participants consent to their appearance in the competition being filmed, recorded, incorporated and exploited in whole or in part in any, film, video or broadcast of whatever nature by all means and in all media and formats now or invented after the date of these terms and conditions.

6.2 Participants consent to the use and reproduction of their name, likeness, appearance and photographs, films and recordings by all means and in all media for the purpose of advertising, publicity and otherwise in relation to the exploitation of the Competition (and future events or competitions) and/or the promotion of the Competition (and future events) and the commercial rights relating to the Competition (and future events) provided that such use does not imply direct endorsement by the Participants of any official sponsor or supplier of the Competition.

6.3 Each participant in the Competition agrees and understands that the information contained in their registration may be used by the Competition Organiser. Participants accept that their personal details and their exercise scores may be held, processed and disclosed to the Competition’s Supporters both electronically and manually in compliance with applicable procedures, laws and regulations to which the Competition Organiser is subject. Participants accept that they may be contacted post-event by the Competition's Supporters as well as the Competition Organiser for the purposes of obtaining feedback. The Competition Organiser may hold each team's registration and the information contained within it for the period of each participant's degree regardless of their success in the Competition or them participating in the Competition.

6.3.1 The Data Protection Act of 1988 entitles each participant to a copy of certain personal data held by the Event Organiser whether in manual records or on computer on submission of a written request.

6.4 The Competition Organiser will use best endeavours to provide Competition feedback however it cannot be held responsible for any computer result anomalies or any technical malfunctions.

6.5 These Terms & Conditions shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of Ireland and any dispute arising hereunder shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish Courts.

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