Terms and Conditions

Sterling Ideas Ltd trading as Rateyourlecturer



Acceptance of Terms

By registering for and/or using the Service in any manner, including but not limited to visiting or browsing the Site, you agree to all of the terms and conditions contained herein (“Terms of Use”), which also incorporate RateYourLecturer’s Privacy Policy and all other operating rules, policies and procedures that may be published from time to time on the Site by RateYourLecturer, each of which is incorporated by reference and each of which may be updated by RateYourLecturer  from time to time without notice to you in accordance with the terms set out under the “Modification of Terms of Use” section below.  In addition, some services offered through the Service may be subject to additional terms and conditions specified by RateYourLecturer from time to time; your use of such services is subject to those additional terms and conditions, which are incorporated into these Terms of Use by this reference.  These Terms of Use apply to all users of the Service, including, without limitation, users who are contributors of content, information, and other materials or services on the Site, individual users of the Service, venues that access the Service, and users that have a page on the Service.


Subject to these Terms of Use, RateYourLecturer may offer to provide the Services, as described more fully on the Site, and which are selected by you, solely for your own use, and not for the use or benefit of any third party.  Services shall include, but not be limited to, any services RateYourLecturer  performs for you, any applications or widgets offered by RateYourLecturer  that you download from the Site or, subject to the terms set out under the “Third party Sites and Services” section below, from third party application stores (e.g., iTunes® store, Blackberry App World™, or Google Apps Marketplace) authorized by ‘RateYourLecturer.co.uk’ , as well as the offering of any materials displayed or performed on or through the Services (including Content (as defined below)).

Registration and Eligibility

You may browse the Site and view Content without registering, but as a condition to using certain aspects of the Service, you are required to register with RateYourLecturer and represent, warrant and covenant that you provide RateYourLecturer with accurate, truthful, and complete registration information (including, but not limited to your name (“User Name”), e-mail address and a password you will use to access the Service) and to keep your registration information accurate and up-to-date.  Failure to do so shall constitute a breach of these Terms of Use, which may result in immediate termination of your RateYourLecturer account.

You shall not:

  1. provide any false personal information to RateYourLecturer or create any account for anyone other than yourself without such person’s permission;
  2. Use a User Name that is the name of another person with the intent to impersonate that person;
  3. Use a User Name or RateYourLecturer account that is subject to any rights of a person other than you without appropriate authorization; or
  4. Use a User Name that is a name that is otherwise offensive, vulgar or obscene or otherwise unlawful.

RateYourLecturer reserves the right to refuse registration of, or cancel a User Name in its sole discretion.  You are solely responsible and liable for activity that occurs on your account and shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your RateYourLecturer password.  You shall never use another user’s account without such other user’s prior express permission.  You will immediately notify Rateyourlecturer in writing of any unauthorized use of your account, or other account related security breach of which you are aware.

You represent and warrant that if you are an individual, you are of legal age to form a binding contract, or that if you are registering on behalf of an entity, that you are authorized to enter into, and bind the entity to, these Terms of Use and register for the Service.  The Service is not available to individuals who are younger than 13 years old.  ’ RateYourLecturer’ may, in its sole discretion, refuse to offer the Service to any person or entity and change its eligibility criteria at any time.  You are solely responsible for ensuring that these Terms of Use are in compliance with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to you and the right to access the Service is revoked where these Terms of Use or use of the Service is prohibited and, in such circumstances, you agree not to use or access the Site or Services in any way.


All Content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person who originated such Content.  Rateyourlecturer cannot guarantee the authenticity of any Content or data which users may provide about themselves.  You acknowledge that all Content accessed by you using the Service is at your own risk and you will be solely responsible and liable for any damage or loss to you or any other party resulting therefrom.  For the purposes of these Terms of Use, the term “Content” includes, without limitation, any location information, “RateYourLecturer”, videos, audio clips, comments, information, data, text, photographs, software, scripts, graphics, and interactive features generated, provided, or otherwise made accessible by Rateyourlecturer  on or through the RateYourLecturer Service.  Content added, created, uploaded, submitted, distributed, or posted to the Service by users is collectively referred to as, “User Submissions.”

Rateyourlecturer Content

The Service contains Content specifically provided by Rateyourlecturer or its partners and such Content is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets or other proprietary rights and laws, as applicable.  You shall abide by and maintain all copyright notices, information, and restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Service.

Subject to these Terms of Use, Rateyourlecturer  grants each user of the Site and/or Service a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-sub licensable, non-transferable, revocable license to use the Content, solely for personal, non-commercial use.  Use, reproduction, modification, distribution or storage of any Content for other than personal, non-commercial use is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from Rateyourlecturer , or from the copyright holder identified in such Content’s copyright notice, as applicable.  You shall not sell, license, rent, or otherwise use or exploit any Content for commercial (whether or not for profit) use or in any way that violates any third party right.

Any and all articles, comments, ratings or submissions uploaded to the site are the opinion of the author stated. These are not necessarily the views of Rateyourlecturer and as such Rateyourlecturer accepts no responsibility for their accuracy.
Should you find any comment which you feel is in contravention of the above rules, please let us know by clicking on the "Report as offensive" button or by emailing us at [email protected]

User Submissions

By submitting User Submissions (which shall include  ratings and comments)  on the Site or otherwise through the Service, you hereby do and shall grant Rateyourlecturer  a worldwide, non-exclusive,  royalty-free, fully paid, sub licensable and transferable license to use, copy, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, perform, and otherwise fully exploit the User Submissions in connection with the Site, the Service and Rateyourlecturer (and its successors and assigns’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Site (and derivative works thereof) or the Service in any media formats and through any media channels (including, without limitation, third party websites and feeds). You also hereby do and shall grant each user of the Site and/or the Service a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Site and the Service, and to use, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display and perform such User Submissions.  For clarity, the foregoing license grant to Rateyourlecturer  does not affect your other ownership or license rights in your User Submission(s), including the right to grant additional licenses to the material in your User Submission(s), unless otherwise agreed in writing with Rateyourlecturer .

You represent and warrant that you have all rights to grant such license to us without infringement or violation of any third party rights, including without limitation, any privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights.
You understand that all information publicly posted or privately transmitted through the Site is the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated; that Rateyourlecturer will not be liable for any errors or omissions in any Content; and that Rateyourlecturer cannot guarantee the identity of any other users with whom you may interact in the course of using the Service.

In the event that  your User Submissions are deleted, they will be removed from the Service.  However, you understand that any removed User Submissions may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but following removal will not be shared with others) or may remain with users who have previously accessed or downloaded your User Submissions.

Any discussion boards and other user-generated content (such as comments and blogs) are provided for your use. The views and opinions that are expressed by users may not reflect those of Rateyourlecturer.

You must not use the Website unless you are a genuine user of education or a lecturer. Rateyourlecturer reserves the right to determine what constitutes a genuine user and may ask for whatever proof it deems reasonable to verify that you are a genuine user or provider of care.

Rules and Conduct.

As a condition of use, you promise not to use the Service for any purpose that is prohibited by these Terms of Use or is unlawful.  You are responsible for all of your activity in connection with the Service.

By way of example, and not as a limitation, you shall not (and shall not permit any third party to) either (a) take any action or (b) upload, download, post, submit or otherwise distribute or facilitate distribution of any Content on or through the Service, including without limitation any User Submission, that:


  1. infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity or other right of any other person or entity or violates any law or contractual duty;
  2. you know is false, misleading, untruthful or inaccurate;
  3. is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libellous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another’s privacy, tortuous, pornographic, obscene, offensive, vulgar, profane, contains or depicts nudity, contains or depicts sexual activity, or is otherwise inappropriate as determined by Rateyourlecturer  in its sole discretion;
  4. constitutes unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, junk or bulk e-mail (“spamming”);
  5. other than appropriate use of an Add-to Link, involves commercial activities (whether or not for profit) and/or sales without Rateyourlecturers prior written consent such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes;
  6. contains software viruses or any other computer codes, files, worms, logic bombs or programs that are designed or intended to disrupt, disable, damage, limit or interfere with the proper function of any software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment or to damage or obtain unauthorized access to any system, data, password or other information of Rateyourlecturer  or any third party;
  7. impersonates any person or entity, including any employee or representative of Rateyourlecturer ;
  8. includes anyone’s identification documents or sensitive financial information; or
  9. Breaches the Privacy Policy and/or any of the other policies and rules incorporated herein.

You shall not: (i) take any action that imposes or may impose (as determined by Rateyourlecturer  in its sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on Rateyourlecturer ’s (or its third party providers’) infrastructure; (ii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Service or any activities conducted on the Service; (iii) bypass any measures Rateyourlecturer  may use to prevent or restrict access to the Service (or other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the Service); (iv) run any form of auto-responder or “spam” on the Service; (v) use manual or automated software, devices, or other processes to “crawl” or “spider” any page of the Site; (vi) harvest or scrape any Content from the Service; or (vii) otherwise take any action in violation of Rateyourlecturers’ guidelines and policies.

You shall not (directly or indirectly): (i) decipher, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer or otherwise attempt to derive any source code or underlying ideas or algorithms of any part of the Service (including without limitation any application or widget), except to the limited extent applicable laws specifically prohibit such restriction, (ii) modify, translate, or otherwise create derivative works of any part of the Service, or (iii) copy, rent, lease, distribute, or otherwise transfer any of the rights that you receive hereunder. You shall abide by all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations.

Rateyourlecturer does not guarantee that any Content or User Submissions (as defined above) will be made available on the Site or through the Service.  Rateyourlecturer has no obligation to monitor the Site, Service, Content, or User Submissions.  However, Rateyourlecturer  reserves the right to (i) remove, suspend, edit or modify any Content in its sole discretion, including without limitation any User Submissions at any time, without notice to you and for any reason (including, but not limited to, upon receipt of claims or allegations from third parties or authorities relating to such Content or if Rateyourlecturer  is concerned that you may have violated these Terms of Use), or for no reason at all and (ii) to remove, suspend or block any User Submissions from the Service.  Rateyourlecturer  also reserves the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as Rateyourlecturer  reasonably believes is necessary to (i) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (ii) enforce these Terms of Use, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (iii) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, (iv) respond to user support requests, or (v) protect the rights, property or safety of Rateyourlecturer , its users and the public.


Prize Draw

The winner must prove to Rateyourlecturer that they were taught by the lecturers they have rated. How will be decided by Rateyourlecturer. The winner must also have provided accurate ratings for the lecturer.

The winner will recieve the prize within 30 days of the draw. The winner will be notified by email within a week of the draw that they have won.


Special Terms for ‘Add-to- Rateyourlecturer ’ Link

If you include Rateyourlecturers ‘Add-to- RateYourLecturer ’ Link (“Add-to Link”) on your website, the following additional terms apply to you:

1. Subject to your continuous compliance with these Terms of Use, Rateyourlecturer  hereby grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sub licensable, revocable license to use and display the Add-to Link on a website for which you have proper authorization (“your website”) so that users can post links or content from your website on the Service. You grant us permission to use and allow others to use such links and content on the Service.

2. Your license is subject to the following restrictions on use: (a) you may not use the Add-to Link to facilitate your sale of access to the Service or any information therein without ‘RateYourLecturer ’s prior written approval; (b) you may not obscure or disable any element of the Add-to Link; (c) your website title and other trademarks and logos must appear at least as prominent as ‘RateYourLecturer ’s trademarks and logos in the Add-to Link; (d) you may not display the Add-to Link in any manner that implies partnership with, affiliation with, sponsorship, or endorsement by Rateyourlecturer ; (e) you may not display the Add-to Link on any site that disparages Rateyourlecturer  or its products or services, infringes any Rateyourlecturer ’s intellectual property or other rights, or violates any applicable law; (f) you may not place the Add-to Link on sites that include content that would violate these Terms of Use if posted on the Service; (g) you may not display the Add-to Link in a manner that does not permit successful linking to, redirection to the Service; and (h) you may not insert any intermediate page, splash page or other content between the Add-to Link and the Service.

Third Party Sites and Services

The Service may permit you to link to other websites, services or resources on the Internet, and other websites, services or resources may contain links to the Site.  When you access third party websites, you do so at your own risk.  These other websites are not under Rateyourlecturer’s control, and you acknowledge that Rateyourlecturer  is not responsible or liable for the content, functions, accuracy, legality, appropriateness or any other aspect of such websites or resources.  The inclusion of any such link does not imply endorsement by Rateyourlecturer or any association with its operators.  You further acknowledge and agree that Rateyourlecturer  shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such website or resource.


Rateyourlecturer  may terminate your access to all or any part of the Service and/or Add-to Link at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately, which may result in the forfeiture and destruction of all information associated with your membership.  If you wish to terminate your account, you may do so by following the instructions on the Site.  Any fees paid hereunder are non-refundable.  All provisions of these Terms of Use which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

Warranty Disclaimer.

Save to the extent required by law, Rateyourlecturer has no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. You acknowledge that Rateyourlecturer has no control over, and no duty to take any action regarding: which users gains access to the Service; what Content you access via the Service; what effects the Content may have on you; how you may interpret or use the Content; or what actions you may take as a result of having been exposed to the Content.
You release Rateyourlecturer from all liability for you having acquired or not acquired Content through the Service. The Service may contain, or direct you to websites containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. Rateyourlecturer makes no representations concerning any Content contained in or accessed through the Service, and Rateyourlecturer will not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality or decency of material contained in or accessed through the Service.

The site, service, content and add-to link are provided “as is”, “as available” and are provided without any representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of title, non-infringement, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, and any warranties implied by any course of performance or usage of trade, all of which are expressly disclaimed, save to the extent required by law.

Rateyourlecturer, and its directors, employees, agents, representatives, suppliers, partners and content providers do not warrant that: (a) the service will be secure or available at any particular time or location; (b) any defects or errors will be corrected; (c) any content or software available at or through the service is free of viruses or other harmful components; or (d) the results of using the service will meet your requirements.  your use of the website, service, content and add-to link is solely at your own risk. Some states / countries do not allow limitations on implied warranties, so the above limitations may not apply to you.

. Rateyourlecturer  will not be liable for the privacy of email addresses, registration and identification information, disk space, communications, confidential or trade-secret information, or any other Content stored on Rateyourlecturer ’s equipment, transmitted over networks accessed by the Site, or otherwise connected with your use of the Service.


You shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Rateyourlecturer , its affiliates and each of its employees, contractors, directors, suppliers and representatives from all losses, costs, actions, claims, damages, expenses (including reasonable legal costs) or liabilities, that arise from or relate to your use or misuse of, or access to, the Site, Service, Content, Add-to Link or otherwise from your User Submissions, violation of these Terms of Use, or infringement by you, or any third party using your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity (save to the extent that a court of competent jurisdiction holds that such claim arose due to an act or omission of Rateyourlecturer).  ’ RateYourLecturer’  reserves the right to assume the exclusive defence and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will assist and cooperate with Rateyourlecturer  in asserting any available defences.

Limitation of Liability

All liability of Rateyourlecturer , its directors, employees, agents, representatives, partners, suppliers or content providers howsoever arising for any loss suffered as a result of your use of the site, service,  content, user submissions or add-to link is expressly excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law, save that, if a court of competent jurisdiction determines that liability of Rateyourlecturer , its directors, employees, agents,  representatives, partners, suppliers or content providers (as applicable) has arisen, the total of such liability shall be limited in aggregate to one hundred pounds sterling £100.

In no event shall Rateyourlecturer , nor its directors, employees, agents, representatives, partners, suppliers or content providers, be liable under contract, tort, strict liability, negligence or any other legal or equitable theory or otherwise (and whether or not Rateyourlecturer , its directors, employees, agents, representatives, partners, suppliers or content providers had prior knowledge of the circumstances giving rise to such loss or damage) with respect to the site, service, content, user submissions or add-to link for:


Nothing In These Terms Of Use Shall Be Deemed To Exclude Or Limit Your Liability In Respect Of Any Indemnity Given By You Under These Terms Of Use.
Solely in respect of users located in European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Australia, nothing in these terms of use shall be deemed to exclude or limit our or your liability (as applicable) in respect of:

1. Death or personal injury arising as a result of our or your negligence (as applicable);
2. Fraud (including fraudulent misrepresentation), theft or other criminal activity; or
3. Any breach of any obligations implied by section 12 of the sale of goods act 1979 or section 2 of the supply of goods and services act 1982.

Integration and Severability

These Terms of Use are the entire agreement between you and Rateyourlecturer  with respect to the Service and use of the Site, Service, Content, User Submissions or Add-to Link, and supersede all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals (whether oral, written or electronic) between you and Rateyourlecturer  with respect to the Site.  If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Terms of Use will otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.  The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder.

Modification of Terms of Use

Rateyourlecturer reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any of these Terms of Use, or change, suspend, or discontinue the Service (including without limitation, the availability of any feature, database, or content) at any time by posting a notice on the Site or by sending you notice through the Service or via email.  Rateyourlecturer may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Service without notice or liability.  It is your responsibility to check these Terms of Use periodically for changes.  Your continued use of the Service following the posting of any changes to these Terms of Use constitutes acceptance of those changes.

Cancellation of these Terms of Use

In respect of users located in the EEA who wish to receive Services, and/or provide User Submissions, and/or provide or access Content via the Site, such users may have a right to cancel these Terms of Use under the European Distance Selling Directive (97/7/EC) (“Directive”) within 7 days of accepting these Terms of Use solely to the extent such right applies under the Directive to such users, save that if such right to cancel applies, it shall cease to exist from the time of actual use of the Services, and/or provision of the User Submissions, and/or provision or access of Content via the Site by such users.


Rateyourlecturer shall not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations hereunder where such failure results from any cause beyond Rateyourlecturer’s reasonable control, including, without limitation, mechanical, electronic or communications failure or degradation (including “line-noise” interference).  These Terms of Use are personal to you, and are not assignable, transferable or sub licensable by you except with Rateyourlecturer’s prior written consent.  Rateyourlecturer may assign, transfer or delegate any of its rights and obligations hereunder without consent.  No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment relationship is created as a result of these Terms of Use and neither party has any authority of any kind to bind the other in any respect.
Unless otherwise specified in these Terms of Use, all notices under these Terms of Use will be in writing and will be deemed to have been duly given when received, if personally delivered or sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested; when receipt is electronically confirmed, if transmitted by facsimile or e-mail; or the day after it is sent, if sent for next day delivery by recognized overnight delivery service.

Governing law

These terms of use and your use of the Website are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the Courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to determine any dispute in connection with such terms or use of the Website.


Where Rateyourlecturer has provided you with a translation of the English language version of these Terms of Use, then you agree that the translation is provided for your convenience only and that the English language versions of the Terms will govern your relationship with Rateyourlecturer.
If there is any contradiction between what the English language version of these Terms of Use says and what a translation says, then the English language version shall take precedence.


You may contact Rateyourlecturer at the following address: 

Sterling Ideas,
114 High St,
City of Southampton,
SO14 2AA
Effective Date: March 15, 2013