You are right, I should take the university to the court not OIA. I did not know that proceedings to be issued within 3 months of the date OIA give the final decision as well as their comments count against me in the court,thanks for that.
My issue is that Im in dispute of my degree classification, rightfully second lower class but was awarded third class. Reason given is that one my subject was a referred mark which is not counted towards the total class marks.
My contention is that I have email evidence from the university to indicate that it does count towards my degree classification but it seems that both the university & OIA do not buy the evidence. Their argument is that the degree determination was in accordance to the regulations and precedent/practise. The university does acknowledge the ambiguity in their regulation but state that it had clarified it during the appeal process.Well, whats the point , the damage was already done. They should have given me the correct advice when I checked with them before I took my referral paper. I relied on their advice and proceed with the referral paper. But that does seem to be the case here for both the unversity and OIA.
OIA also mentioned that they could not interfere on the decision of the university to count my referral paper. Thats the root cause of my issue, if the referral paper is taken, I m a graduate of lower second class.
So, do you think my contention is valid? Any solicitor that you suggest I could refer the matter? Btw, Im not from UK.