A university lecturer fired after claiming “Jewish people are the cleverest in the world” and “Germans are good engineers” has had his claim of unfair dismissal rejected by a judge.

Stephen Lamonby claimed his comments could not be considered racist because he was using “positive” stereotypes of particular groups – declaring himself a victim of “woke” culture.

The 73-year-old engineering expert also told a colleague he had “a soft spot” for young black men because many of them have absent fathers.

The controversial remarks were made during a meeting with his course leader at Solent University in Southampton in March 2019, an employment tribunal heard.

Mr Lamonby and Dr Janet Bonar were talking in the university canteen when he told her he believed people from different parts of the world were good at certain things due to “high exposure”.