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Oxford alumnus sues university over 2:1


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 A graduate of the University of Oxford is suing his alma mater for “negligent” teaching which allegedly resulted in him failing to graduate with a first class degree.

Faiz Siddiqui, now 38, claims that his unsatisfactory degree classification limited his career prospects, and is bringing a case against the chancellor, masters and scholars of the university for loss of earnings.

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Siddiqui claims unsatisfactory teaching of a course in Indian imperial history caused a drop in his average grade, meaning that he unexpectedly graduated with a 2:1. He says that his failure to achieve a first plagued his career from then on, and now suffers from insomnia and depression as a result.

Oxford admits that in the year that Siddiqui graduated the Asian history department was under significant pressure as four out of seven teaching staff were on sabbatical leave. Siddiqui claims that this pressure resulted in a marked decline in the quality of teaching he received from historian Dr David Washbrook, and that consequently the majority of his class received very low marks.

If Siddiqui is successful it could mark the beginning of a wave of similar cases against universities for unsatisfactory teaching and similar issues.

The University of Oxford is seeking to have the claim thrown out, claiming a lack of basis and that too much time has elapsed since Siddiqui's graduation.

A decision is expected from the High Court later this month.

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