Zahid & Ors v University of Manchester & Ors [2017]  EWHC 188 (Admin)

The High Court has given judgment on the right procedure for challenging decision making by universities about fitness to practise and other student disciplinary matters.

The case involved three student doctors whose courses were terminated following university hearings. The court decided that it was possible for the students to bring judicial review challenges against the university and that, generally, these should be stayed to allow a complaint to be determined by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), the university ombudsman.

As well as deciding the proper procedure for students to use the case also raises important points of judicial review procedure. The court had to decide if the OIA was an alternative remedy (limiting or even precluding judicial review against the university) or if it was intended by Parliament as an additional route to redress or a form of ADR.