Terms & Conditions

The Agreement

The following agreement (“this Agreement”) describes the terms and conditions on which Staffordshire University and the EAUC offers you access and use of material found on this website (“the Service”). This offer is conditional on your agreement to all the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement, including your compliance with policies, guidelines and terms linked by way of URLs in this Agreement (“Terms & Conditions of Service”).

By using the Service or by exercising any rights provided to parts of it, you accept and agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of Service”. Staffordshire University and the EAUC only grants you the rights contained in this Agreement in consideration of your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions of Service.

If you do not agree to the Terms and Conditions of Service you should not use the Service and therefore decline this Agreement, in which case you are prohibited from accessing and/or using the Service. Staffordshire University or the EAUC may amend this Agreement at any time at its sole discretion, effective upon posting the amended agreement on www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk. No variation or counter offer of this Agreement will be accepted by Staffordshire University or the EAUC.

1. The Service

1.1 The Sustainability Exchange website (www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk) is owned and managed by Staffordshire University in partnership with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC). This Service is provided as a central point for colleges, universities and sector service providers to share best practise, knowledge and resources about sustainability.

1.2 You acknowledge that Staffordshire University and the EAUC, through the Sustainability Exchange, are service providers that may allow people to interact online regarding topics and content chosen by users of the Service, and that users can alter the Service environment on a real time basis. As part of the nature of the Service, Staffordshire University and the EAUC does not always or will not always be able to regulate the content/communications created and made available by users of the Service or otherwise. As a result Staffordshire University and the EAUC have limited control, if any, over the quality, morality, legality, truthfulness or accuracy of various aspects of the Service.

1.3 You acknowledge that: (1) by using the Service you may have access to graphics, sound effects, music, video, audio, computer programmes, animations, text and other creative output (“Content”); and (2) Content may be provided by Staffordshire University and the EAUC or by others such as the users of the Service (“Content Providers”).

1.4 You acknowledge that Staffordshire University and the EAUC and other Content Providers have rights in their respective Content under copyright and other applicable laws, and that except as described in this Agreement that such rights are not transferred by mere use of the Service. You accept full responsibility and liability for your use of any Content in violation of any such rights. You agree that your creation of Content is not in any way based upon any expectation of compensation from Staffordshire University and the EAUC. You acknowledge that this Agreement does not assign or transfer ownership, title or interest of the Intellectual Property rights in the Service to you.

2. Licences and IPR

2.1 Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Staffordshire University and the EAUC hereby grants you a non-exclusive, royalty free and revocable licence to access and use the Service and use the content in the Service in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Service for as long as you are in compliance with such Terms and Conditions of Service.

2.2 Unless otherwise stated, content provided through this Service can be used in accordance with statutory provisions within applicable legislation (see section 6 for governing law). Where content is published under different terms which allow other uses, such as content created by users of this service, this will be indicated.

2.3 Users of the Service can create Content in the Service in various forms. Staffordshire University and the EAUC acknowledges and agrees that, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service, you will retain any and all applicable copyright and any other intellectual property rights with respect to any Content you create using the Service, to the extent that you have such rights under applicable law.

2.4 Notwithstanding the foregoing, you understand and agree that by submitting your Content to any area of the Service, you automatically grant (and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant) to Staffordshire University and the EAUC: (1) a non-exclusive, royalty free, perpetual licence to: (a) use, reproduce and communicate your Content within the Service and a right to sub-licence such use to users of the service as long as the Content is used by such user within the Service; and (b) to use and reproduce and to authorise third parties to use and reproduce) any of your Content in any or all media for marketing and/or promotional purposes in connection with the Service.

3. Community Guidelines and Policies

3.1 You agree to read and comply with the Community Guidelines and Policies as posted on www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk.

3.2 In addition to abiding at all times to the Community Guidelines and Policies, you agree that you shall not: (a) take any action of upload post, e-mail or otherwise transmit Content that infringes or violates any third party rights; (b) impersonate any person or entity without their consent, including but not limited to a Staffordshire University or an EAUC employee, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or an entity; (c) upload, e-mail or otherwise transmit Content that violates any United Kingdom law or regulation; (d)  upload, e-mail or otherwise transmit Content  determined by Staffordshire University and the EAUC in its reasonable opinion to be libellous. You agree that Staffordshire University and the EAUC may take whatever steps it deems necessary to abridge, or delete material on the Service in its sole discretion, without notice to you.

4. Releases, Disclaimers of Warranties, Limitation of Liability and Indemnification

4.1 As a condition of access to the Service, you release Staffordshire University and the EAUC from claims, demands, damages of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with any dispute you have or claim to have with one or more users of the Service. You further understand and agree that Staffordshire University and the EAUC will have the rights but not the obligation to resolve disputes between users relating to the Service.

4.2 Any Content, or other data residing on Staffordshire University and the EAUC’s servers or the Service may be deleted, altered, moved or transferred at any time for any reason at Staffordshire University’s or the EAUC’s sole discretion without notice and without liability to you or any third party.

4.3 Staffordshire University and the EAUC provides the Service and Content strictly on an “as is” basis and use of the Service and/or Content is at your own risk. Staffordshire University and the EAUC hereby expressly disclaims all warranties or conditions of any kind to the extent permitted by law, including without limitation any merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. To the extent permitted by law, Staffordshire University and the EAUC accepts no liability for loss suffered or incurred by the user or any third party as a result of their reliance on the Service and/or Content.

4.4 To the extent permitted by law, in no circumstances will Staffordshire University and the EAUC be liable to you or you liable to Staffordshire University and the EAUC for any loss resulting from a cause over which Staffordshire University and the EAUC or you do not have direct control, including but not limited to failure of electronic or mechanical equipment or communication lines, telephone or other interconnect problems.

4.5  In no event shall Staffordshire University and the EAUC be liable to you or to any third party for any special, incidental, consequential, punitive or exemplary damages, including without limitation any damages for loss of profits arising (whether in contract, tort or otherwise) out or in connection with the Service and or Content. In addition, in no event will Staffordshire University and the EAUC’s cumulative liability to you for direct damages of any kind or nature exceed £50.00.

4.6 You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Staffordshire University and the EAUC and users of the Service and Content from all damages, liabilities, claims and expenses, including without limitation reasonable legal fees and costs, arising from any breach of this Agreement by you, or from your use of the Service. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Staffordshire University and the EAUC from all damages, liabilities, claims and expenses, including without limitation reasonable legal fees and costs, arising from any claims by third parties that your activity or Content in the Service infringes upon or violates any of their intellectual property or proprietary rights.

5. Privacy

5.1 You acknowledge and agree that Staffordshire University and the EAUC, in its sole discretion, may track, record, observe or follow any and all of your interactions within the Service. Staffordshire University and the EAUC may share general, demographic or aggregated information with third parties about Staffordshire University and the EAUC’s user base and Service usage, but that information will not be include or be linked to any personal information without consent. Staffordshire University and the EAUC agrees that when exercising these rights, it shall abide by the Data Protection Act, 1998 at all times.

6. Governing Law and Dispute Resolution

6.1 This Agreement and the relationship between you and Staffordshire University and the EAUC shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. You and Staffordshire University and the EAUC agree that any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement will be subject to and within the jurisdiction of the English courts.

6.2 You and Staffordshire University and the EAUC agree to use best efforts to resolve disputes in an informal manner. Where you and Staffordshire University and the EAUC agree that a dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement would best be resolved by the decision of an expert, you and Staffordshire University and the EAUC will agree upon the nature of the expert required and together appoint a suitable expert by agreement.

6.3 Any person to whom a reference is made under Clause 6.2 shall act as expert and not as an arbitrator and his decision (which shall be given by him in writing and shall state the reasons for his decision) shall be final and binding on the parties except in the case of manifest error or fraud.

6.4 You and Staffordshire University and the EAUC shall provide the expert with such information and documentation as he may reasonably require for the purposes of his decision.

6.5 The costs of the expert shall be borne by you and Staffordshire University and the EAUC in such proportions as the expert may determine to be fair and reasonable in all circumstances or, if no determination is made by the expert, by you and Staffordshire University and the EAUC in equal proportions.

7. General Provisions

7.1 This Agreement constitute the entire understanding and agreement between you and Staffordshire University and the EAUC with respect of the subject matter hereof.

7.2 The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the continuation in force of the remainder of this Agreement.

7.3 The rights granted to you or Staffordshire University and the EAUC arising under this Agreement shall not be waived except in writing. Any waiver of any of your or Staffordshire University or the EAUC’s rights under this Agreement or of any breach of this Agreement by you or Staffordshire University or the EAUC shall not be construed as a waiver of any other rights or of any other or further breach. Failure by you or Staffordshire University or the EAUC to exercise or enforce any rights conferred upon it by this Agreement shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any such rights or operate so as to bar the exercise or enforcement thereof at any subsequent time or times.

7.4 The section headings contained in this Agreement are for convenient purposes only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.

7.5 Where the context so implies, words importing the singular number shall include the plural and vice versa and words importing the masculine shall include the feminine and vice versa.

7.6 All or any of Staffordshire University and the EAUC’s rights and obligations under this Agreement may be assigned to a subsequent owner or operator of the Service in a merger, acquisition or sale of all or substantially all of Staffordshire University and the EAUC’s assets.