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How the University cleared up exam confusion and put me on track

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Published on 21 August 2020

Miguel Yasis
Miguel Yasis

It has been a rollercoaster few days for new university of Sunderland student Miguel Yasis.

The 18 year old had his heart set on becoming a pharmacist after being inspired by his time on work experience.

But Miguel, who lives in Durham, thought his dreams had been shattered when his expected results were suddenly adversely affected in line with the algorithm used to determine grades this year.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Miguel. “I was devastated and just thought it was all so unfair.

“I really believed I had the qualities to make a successful pharmacist and being able to help people is something I’m passionate about.”

A telephone call between the University of Sunderland’s help team and Miguel soon put his mind at ease as experts explained to him the possibility of taking a Foundation programme which would allow him to continue along his chosen path.

But more good news followed when the former St Leonard’s Catholic School pupil’s grades were changed back to their original prediction.

Miguel said: “It meant I could get on the Pharmacy programme I had heard such good things about.

“I’m so happy and can’t wait to get started in September after what has been a bit of a stressful few days.

“The help I’ve already had has been very reassuring at a very difficult time, not just for me but for so many students.

“I know of others who have been in the same position and are desperately trying to get onto the programmes they want.”

The University of Sunderland has made it clear that it will honour all offers confirmed since the initial A-level results were announced last week. In addition, staff are currently re-evaluating candidates who had been adversely affected by having their grades moderated in line with the algorithm.

The University has already adopted a very flexible approach to candidates who felt their moderated grades did not reflect their predicted achievements.

Those wishing to have their eligibility reviewed in the wake of this new approach should contact the University on the Helpline 0191 515 3000 or for more information visit www.sunderland.ac.uk/clearing/

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