Oxford student takes race case to appeal court

A former Oxford University student who lost his claim of racial discrimination against the institution earlier this year is taking his case to the court of appeal today.

Nadeem Ahmed, a student of Indian origin, sued the university after being told to drop out of a masters degree in medieval Arabic philosophy at Oxford’s oriental institute in 1999, after failing exams.

At a Reading county court hearing in March, Judge Jonathan Playford rejected Mr Ahmed’s claims that the university victimised him because of his race, saying there was insufficient grounds and a lack of evidence. However, he did criticise the university’s flawed examination procedures.

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