An ex-university director based in the north-west of England has accused her former employers of unfair dismissal, it has emerged.
Professor Linda Archibald, who was director at Liverpool John Moores university's language school for 17 years, claims she was sacked after she blew the whistle on what she described as a "macho and aggressive culture" at the institution.
The 50-year-old, who is representing herself in the tribunal, had also made complaints about the management of the school, including the attitude of managers towards its finances.
She was dismissed from her role in December 2006 and given compulsory redundancy when a number of departments merged.
Commenting on her case, she said: "I've lost my health, career and soon I will lose my home as well as my most valuable possession, my reputation," the Liverpool Daily Post reports.
The hearing is currently ongoing.
With roots tracing back to 1825, Liverpool John Moores gained university status in 1992.