Obiter was surprised to hear that King’s College London has terminated its contract with an enterprising law lecturer who set up a business offering legal advice to students who challenged their results.
Daniel Sokol’s venture, Alpha Academic Appeals, offers help to students with exam appeals, charging them between £500 and £1,000 for representing them.
But the university said it was concerned that publicity for the company would suggest it was endorsed by the college. Sokol denies any such suggestion. However, from the end of February, Sokol will cease to be an honorary senior lecturer in law and medical ethics.
In a letter to the Times Higher Education magazine, Sokol says the decision reflects an ‘apparent distaste for students seeking paid legal help to appeal against university decisions they consider to be unfair’.
If only there was a service available to allow lecturers to challenge such decisions…