Winstanley v Sleeman and Another: QBD 13 Dec 2013

The claimant’s PhD thesis had initially failed, but on an internal appeal that decision was reversed, the appellate body accepting the contention that the supervision or other arrangements during his period of study had been unsatisfactory. The defendants no wapplied to strike out a clai for negligence.
Held: The application failed: ‘If a university fails to take proper care of a student’s career by falling short in the delivery of the processes involved in obtaining the qualification for which the student is studying, why is it not arguable that it is foreseeable that the claimant will suffer some loss or injury as a result? The nature of the injury need not, as a matter of law be foreseeable but the possibility of injury of some description is surely foreseeable, or at least arguably so.’

Saffman HHJ
[2013] EWHC B43 (QB), [2013] EWHC 4792 (QB)
Senior Courts Act 1981 9
England and Wales
Cited by:
CitedSiddiqui v University of Oxford QBD 5-Dec-2016
The University applied to have struck out the claim by the claimant for damages alleging negligence in its teaching leading to a lower class degree than he said he should have been awarded.
Held: Strike out on the basis that the claim was . .

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Education, Negligence

Updated: 20 December 2021; Ref: scu.535721