I have an issue with my university. After 3 years of PhD research, I have presented to my examiners a out-of-format interdisciplinary research, as agreed with my supervisor. Unfortunately, my supervisor said "yes, yes, no problem", but after that he has never looked at my submission (I guess he was hoping my secondary supervisor was working for him), even though I had started to provide him with chapters of my thesis 5 months before submitting.
I had notified my University 10 days before submitting, and got told by the Dean of my Department: "I guess the best way to proceed is to submit by your deadline. Maybe your examiners will like it". Generally, from the reports of my examiners and the internal investigation, it looks like I was put on the wrong trail since the very beginning of my Ph.D., working on a wrong format but getting almost no advice and supervision along my journey.
I got an R&R, but half of my research has been cancelled, and so my interdisciplinary research. This creates numerous problems, as for example: 1) I cannot apply anymore for some job positions in a field I was looking for; 2) I cannot apply anymore for some postdoctoral opportunities; 3) I have now complained heavily against my supervisor, so I don't feel anymore like trusting him for a reference, which is often mandatory for jobs in academia; 4) I have to do 1 more year without fellowship.
How can I calculate damages? Is there any resource in which I can find examples, or techniques to understand them? Unfortunately, I have no money at this uncertain stage to have a consultation with a lawyer, so I have to find a way to calculate them myself.