Students couldn’t get through to Sussex clearing because of the weekly fire alarm and its routine evacuation

Perfect timing.

Students trying to contact Sussex Admissions after getting their A-level results couldn't get through this morning because the building had been evacuated.

The fire alarm was a result of a weekly routine test that takes place every Thursday morning at the university, however, it happened to set off when prospective Sussex students were calling the admissions department to try and find a space in their chosen course through clearing.

Adam Tickell, the Vice Chancellor at the University of Sussex, tweeted about the issue this morning at the prime time of students finding out their A-level results and whether they had got a place in their first choice university, apologising for any inconvenience to prospective students.

Rob Evans, Head of Admissions at the University of Sussex, told us:

“Our team have been speaking to hundreds of students today and although the timing of the fire alarm was unfortunate it was relatively short.

I’m absolutely certain that any student who wasn’t able to get through to us would have been prepared to try again a few moments later or they would have used the email address.

Any student wishing to contact us can do so on 01273 678416 or email [email protected].”