Northampton university forced to apologise Watch

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Anyone on hear considering northahampton uni?. Disabled?. Be careful. It took me a year and a half to go through through their complaints procedure to no avail. The OIA have ruled my complaint to be part justified and ordered the university to apoligise and pay me 1000. I didnt finish my degree and have 4000 debt. I am considering breach of contract as out of time to lodge a proven case of disability discrim claim. Watch this space. The uni has been ordered to review its handling of disabled students to ensure it adheares to advise from its own Assist team and 2010 equlities law in future. Anyone else on here succesfuly gone to OIA and taken their case to court for breach of contract or judicial review?
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Congratulations on getting your complaint partly justified. The problem is that the OIA never seem to pay out anywhere near enough to make up for the damage done.

There was an article about this in the Times Higher Education called "Universities don't fear the OIA. It would be better if they did".

Also there is criticism of how the OIA use the term Partly Justified to explain a result which is almost wholly in the students favour. See "Student Satisfaction with the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education" on the OIA website.

What did you decide to do in the end?

I don't have experience of judicial review, however, contrary to what most people think, there is at least one higher education law solicitor firm that has a legal aid contract for judicial review. I know there are strict time limits to adhere to though. I recommend asking a solicitors to inform you of your options.

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