A university graduate who narrowly missed out on a 2:1 degree has failed in a landmark legal challenge to have the result reclassified.
Andrew Crosskerry, from Co Down, missed out on a 2:1 degree in electrical engineering at Queen's University by 0.5%.
He sought leave from the Belfast High Court to have the decision judicially reviewed.
His lawyers argued that had he received better supervision he would have achieved a higher degree and they also claimed his job prospects had been jeopardised as a result.
However, a judge at the High Court threw out the legal challenge saying the case should remain exclusively within the jurisdiction of the university's own appeals body.
Queen's said it would convene a further hearing of the Board of Examiners to study the case.