AN Oxford graduate is suing for £1million because he failed to get a top degree.
Faiz Siddiqui alleges poor teaching meant he only got a 2:1 instead of a first.
The 39-year-old says his modest result has cost him a lucrative career in international commercial law.
Instead he has struggled to hold down a job and is unemployed. His lawyer Roger Mallalieu 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.”
Mr Siddiqui was highly ambitious when he went to study modern history at Brasenose College.
He believes the absence of staff, who were sick or on sabbatical, blighted his chances when he took his final exams in 2000.
Staff also failed to pass on details of his depression and insomnia so his marks could be adjusted, he says.
Oxford denies his claims, saying he did not complain at the time about the teaching and his only health problem was serious hay fever.
Oxford’s lawyer Julian Milford told the High Court his record was “one of promise laced with inconsistency”. The case continues.