A judge has quashed a decision by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for the first time in a development that could pave the way for legal challenges against the student complaints watchdog.
The OIA has been ordered to revisit a case in which it awarded compensation to a student who argued that the London Business School had failed to deal properly with his claim that prejudice had caused him to lose PhD grants. It is the first time an OIA decision has been overturned since the body was established in 2004.
Delivering his opinion at the Administrative Court at Manchester on 16 February, Judge Andrew Gilbart QC criticised the business school for failing to apply its own appeals procedures properly. He also ruled that the OIA had neither dealt with the issue nor given proper reasons for its decisions.