Oxford University apologies after sending out list of worst performing students
Jan. 15: Oxford University has apologised after a list of the worst performing students was emailed to hundreds of fellow pupils.
The embarrassing leak revealed the names and grades of the undergraduates who were the biggest flops in the pre-Christmas exams.
Known as “collections”, the exams are used to check whether pupils are on track to a good final grade, but do not go towards their degree mark.
Almost 50 who achieved a 2:2 grade or below in the Michaelmas collections — including nine studying law and six engineering — had their result sent to fellow students.
The email, sent by University College, Oxford academic administrator Kristiana Dahl, contained an Excel document.
It showed the worst-performing students in the college, as well as their percentage mark and their degree subject.
Officials have not revealed how many students received the email but it is thought it was sent to hundreds at University College — known as “Univ”.
Staff quickly asked students to “please delete the email previously sent out as it contained inaccuracies”.
One of the students affected, who did not which to be identified, told student newspaper The Tab: “I don’t ever want to do collections again.
“I was pretty gutted after my results last term, but didn't realise I would be publicly humiliated. I can’t even go into college any more.
“I want a full explanation from the college. I would sue but there are apparently no decent lawyers at Univ.”
Another student said: “Of course, everyone on the list is just trying to laugh it off. But in reality, no one feels comfortable with having something so personal shared with the entire college.
“It’s hard not to feel everyone's talking about you.
“They may as well have gone the whole hog and just released all health records of students whilst they were at it — or maybe just those with STIs.”
Head of the college JCR Abigail Reeves apologised to students after a meeting with senior tutor Dr Anne Knowland.
She said: “Dr Knowland has assured me that the document was sent accidentally and that the disclosure of results was not intentional.
“The member of staff responsible is apparently mortified. The senior tutor has also told me that action will be taken with the Academic office to insure that an incident like this never occurs again.”
A 2:2 university grade is any result above 50 per cent, but lower than 60 per cent. The college, known as Univ, counts Stephen Hawking, Bill Clinton and C. S. Lewis among its illustrious alumni.