AN OXFORD graduate who sued the university for £1 million over his failure to get a first in his degree and become an international lawyer had his claim dismissed by the high court.
Faiz Siddiqui claimed that “inadequate teaching” contributed towards a low mark in a final-year history paper and an overall 2:1 grade 17 years ago. It cost him a place at a top US law college and a lucrative legal career, he added.
Justice Foskett said last week he was not convinced the teaching was “negligently inadequate. He also warned today’s students against using the courts to settle grievances about their education.
Siddiqui, 39, from Bayswater in west London, got a 2:1 after studying at Brasenose College, graduating in 2000.
He trained at one of the “magic circle” law firms, Clifford Chance, but was not kept on at the end of the programme.
The law graduate worked for three other law firms and as a tax adviser at the accounting company Ernst & Young. He was dismissed in December 2011 “essentially for poor performance”, court papers say. He has been unemployed since.
Siddiqui said he had been suffering from “insomnia, depression and anxiety” during his finals and claimed his tutor did not alert exam authorities.
The judge’s ruling said there was nothing in email exchanges or medical records to suggest he was depressed or suffering from insomnia. In his conclusion, he said Siddiqui deserved “sympathy and understanding”, but the claim “must be dismissed”.