Former PhD student hopes to fund legal action via web

“Postgraduate seeks supporters to sue Exeter for breach of contract. A disaffected student has set up an internet campaign in a bid to raise £20,000 to sue the university where he failed to obtain his PhD. Paul Jones, 26, who was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Exeter Business School until last year, claims that unreasonable teaching demands were placed on him and that he received inadequate supervision after his tutor went on sabbatical and left him in charge of a specialist third-year undergraduate teaching module. His website,, aims to reveal the ‘darker, less well documented world of academia’. It is dedicated to students deemed to be ‘snotty and litigious’ by their universities …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, THE, 29 January]

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