The University of York’s English Department have lost twelve exam papers, according to the head of department Professor David Attwell. Other sources speculate that the number could be even higher.
The papers were sent to an examiner in London for marking, but never reached their destination. The loss of the scripts could mean that the unlucky students have a summer of re-writing 2,500 words to look forward to. The 2,500 essay will be marked in place of a resit of the entire exam.
A second year English student, who preferred to remain anonymous, said,
Luckily, I wasn’t one of the ones who lost their paper. It is pretty bad, but I do feel sorry for the department.
According to Professor Attwell, in a statement to York Vision, it was a singular member of staff who sent the exam papers acting independently of the department. He apologised for the inconvenience to the students who lost their work, and stated that the department will offer as much support as possible.