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Professor was unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules

Professor was unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules

A professor who left his position after the university he worked for re-marked papers he had failed has been successful at an employment tribunal.

Paul Buckland argued he had been the subject of constructive dismissal.

The academic, along with a board of external examiners, failed 14 students on an environmental archaeology course at Bournemouth University in 2006.

However, officials at the institution - which is based over two campuses - overturned his decision, ruling that the fault lay with the examiners.

Professor Buckland subsequently resigned in protest.

During a recent hearing, it was decided that the university officials had no right to intervene in the marking of the papers and described the action as an insult and a breach of contract that amounted to unfair dismissal.

It is thought that the former university worker could receive a cash sum or be reinstated as a result of the tribunal outcome.