Fishers questions university project that &#39went wrong&#39

Staffordshire University is facing a claim from a man with mental health problems who says he was badly treated by academic researchers.

Eleanor Wright of Fisher Meredith Solicitors said her client had suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of workplace bullying and was still receiving treatment, but had agreed to take part in a postgraduate study into the area.

But Wright&#39s client claims the project went ahead without being referred to the university&#39s ethics committee, which was obliged to ensure that anyone taking part in the research would not be adversely affected.

The man also claims he was not advised to consult his doctor before participating.

&#34He was asked to revisit the causes of his breakdown, which could be dangerous,&#34 said Wright. &#34And so far as we know nobody ever asked him to stop and think about what was going on. My client wants a proper investigation and an acknowledgement that [the project] did go wrong.&#34

Staffordshire University&#39s law firm Martineau Johnson was unavailable for comment.