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Engineering department apologises for exam errors

The department also has also promised to ‘review our internal processes’

Durham Uni's Head of Engineering has apologised for last-minute changes and one error in an exam last week, and promised that rectificatory measures are in place.

Second-year students taking Electronics 2 on Thursday 10 May were informed of two errors moments before entering the exam room, but one error was left unnoticed until towards the end of the exam.

In a statement, Professor Simon Hogg said: “The Engineering Department takes the quality of examination papers very seriously.

"Exam errors are unusual and unfortunately one error was not recognised until part way through this examination. Candidates were also advised of changes to two other questions before starting the paper. For this we apologise.”

“We would like to reassure students that appropriate measures are in place to ensure exam papers will be marked fairly and appropriately, taking into account the special circumstances.”

“We will continue to review our internal processes to ensure accuracy and high standards in all our examination papers.”

Joe Wilderspin, a student at Cuths, told The Tab Durham the situation was "not ideal."

James, at Grey College, said: "Lots of people didn't finish and are saying that's the reason why."

The errors followed a similar situation in Mathematics' Operations III exam last Wednesday, 9 May. Durham University has been contacted for comment and The Tab Durham expects to clarify the university's position tomorrow, Tuesday 15 May.