An economics postgraduate student went to court today in his fight against a 127-year-old Oxford college over the right of access to education for less-well-off students.
Damien Shannon from Greater Manchester claims St Hugh's College turned him down for a place on financial grounds because he could not prove he had enough money to support himself.
Mr Shannon, 26, said his offer of a place on a one-year economic and social history masters course was withdrawn because he could not provide evidence that he had access to £21,000 to cover fees plus projected living costs.
He took a job as a civil servant instead.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme today: "My claim is that it acted in a way which is incompatible with the Human Rights Act by adopting a decision which unfairly restricts the right of access to education."