Whistleblower: Law students given the wrong exam results

March 1, 2002

Hundreds of students at the University of Wolverhampton's law school were given the wrong exam results, with dozens incorrectly told they had failed, just months after The THES reported on exam and assessment chaos at the same school.

The university confirmed this week that 53 law students had been wrongly told they had failed a final-year degree module because of a "processing error" that is understood to have affected the results of all 183 students who sat the module.

The dean of the School of Legal Studies, Brian Mitchell, said: "As soon as the error was identified, it was corrected and the students informed immediately."

Last October, The THES outlined a number of complaints about the conduct of examinations at the school.

In response to a student complaint, the university accepted that there had been errors in exam papers, explaining that they could "creep through" because of the "pressures of time" on staff. The university also apologised to students for a delay to an exam, as too few papers had been available.

A computing exam was also blighted by regular disruptions as students who had nothing to do with the exam worked at other terminals or wandered through exam rooms en route to other rooms. There was an acknowledgement that staff had faced "violent and abusive behaviour" from students during exams.

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