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Graduate with 2:1 sues Oxford for £1m

 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:54 am    Post subject: Graduate with 2:1 sues Oxford for £1m Reply with quote

An Oxford graduate's failure to get a top degree cost him a lucrative legal career, the High Court has heard.
Faiz Siddiqui alleges "inadequate" teaching on his modern history course resulted in him getting an upper second degree in June 2000.
He blames staff being absent on sabbatical leave and is suing the university for £1m.
Oxford denies negligence and causation and says the case is "massively" outside the legal time limit.
Mr Siddiqui also alleges medical information about him was not submitted to examiners by a tutor.
The 39-year-old studied at Brasenose College and singled out the teaching on the Indian special subject part of his course for criticism.
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Julian Milford, for Oxford University, told the court Mr Siddiqui described the teaching as "a little bit dull"
His counsel Roger Mallalieu told Mr Justice Foskett that Mr Siddiqui had been a "driven young man" aiming at a postgraduate qualification at an Ivy League university.
He said: "Whilst a 2:1 degree from Oxford might rightly seem like a tremendous achievement to most, it fell significantly short of Mr Siddiqui's expectations and was, to him, a huge disappointment."
Mr Mallalieu said his employment history in legal and tax roles was "frankly poor" and he was now unemployed, rather than having a career at the tax bar in England or a major US law firm.
Mr Siddiqui also said his clinical depression and insomnia have been significantly exacerbated by his "inexplicable failure".
Julian Milford, for Oxford University, told the court Mr Siddiqui complained about insufficient resources, but had only described the teaching as "a little bit dull".
He added the student received exactly the same amount of teaching as he would have in any other year.
The seven-day hearing is concerned only with liability - with damages to be assessed later if Mr Siddiqui succeeds.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-42070712

This student might have a point. With most top universities focusing on research, it is often teaching assistants that are left to pick up the slack in the classroom. Surely students who pay a premium for their education deserve better than this?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The marketisation of Higher Education. "But I paid all that money and look what they gave me !"
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