CASE SUMMARIES

Placements: Insufficient provision - PI091509

Nottingham Trent University

A student at Nottingham Trent University complained to us after the University rejected her complaints that she had been able to complete her professional qualification in one year as her placement did not include enough practice hours.

Placements: Transparency of decisions - PI091510

University of Wolverhampton

A student at the University of Wolverhampton complained after her appeal against a decision to fail her second practice placement was turned down.

Placements: Responsibility of students - PI091511

University Campus Suffolk

A student taking a vocational course at University Campus Suffolk withdrew from her course following difficulties with the placement. She complained that she had been asked at short notice to decide whether to continue her placement after a close relative fell ill, and that she had been forced to withdraw from her degree programme.

Supervision arrangements - PI091513

University of York

A postgraduate student at the University of York complained to us about the way the University had responded to complaints about her supervision.

Supervision: Importance of sharing information - PI091515

University of Lincoln

A PhD student at the University of Lincoln complained of bullying and harassment by a supervisor. The student was dissatisfied with the University’s initial investigation because the University characterised the issues raised as "miscommunication" and proposed remedies after the first investigation that left the student feeling vulnerable. His complaint was considered at two subsequent stages of the University’s Complaints Procedure but the University’s final decision was not to refer it to a formal complaint hearing.

Supervision: Academic Judgment - PI091517

University of Bath

A student who had withdrawn from a programme at the University of Bath complained that his lead supervisor did not have the necessary expertise to supervise his work.

Supervision: Responsibility of students - PI091518

A student at the London School of Economics complained to us after the School dismissed her appeal against a decision not to upgrade her to PhD status.