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Students oppose wall of worry
Cambridge University Senate House
Exam results are posted outside the university's Senate House
Cambridge University students are calling for an end to the 300-year-old tradition of posting exam results on a wall in the city centre.

Currently, undergraduates discover how they have done by looking along lists - divided by classes, from a first to a failure - put up outside the Senate House building.

Instead, Cambridge University Students' Union (Cusu) wants candidates to be told privately beforehand, to spare them embarrassment and unnecessary stress.

More than 400 undergraduates have signed a petition asking the authorities to change their position.

'Tell us first'

Cusu's president, Ben Brinded, said: "As it stands, it's possible for other people to find out your exam grade before you do.

"We should be like most other universities and let candidates know before the results are published."

One suggestion is giving students individualised code numbers, so only they know how they did by looking at the boards.

Another is to e-mail or write to them with the results.

Mr Brinded said it was important the exam results remained "public", but with grades made known only after the students have been told.

He said: "At the moment, it's possible the results could be posted before or after the promised date. So people could be left standing around nervously for a long time.

"Or you might get there, only for someone to tell you how you've done. This is a very unusual situation and it should change."

A university spokesman said: "We are aware of the Cusu campaign and will be looking into the issue for the next academic year."


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