Irish University Admits, Enrolls 100 Extra Students in Error
Submitted by Doug Lederman on August 20, 2012 - 4:18am
Officials at the University of Ulster, having mistakenly offered admission to all 370 students who applied for its 194 slots to study engineering this year, will enroll all of them even though many of them did not achieve the requisite academic requirements, The Irish Times reported. The university sent out an e-mail offering admission to all of the students who applied, rather than just to those who had qualified for admission. Some of the students would have earned places in other colleges at Ulster, so the number of students who would not have enrolled there numbers about 100, according to the newspaper.
Links:  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0820/1224322499000.html THE UNIVERSITY of Ulster is to accept about an additional 100 students to take engineering courses even though they have not achieved the required exam grades for admission. The university last week ended up in the embarrassing position of offering places to all 370 students who had applied to do engineering even though only 194 places were available. The embarrassing and costly mistake was made after an email with the unconditional offer was sent to all the students rather than to the specified number. Several of the 370 who sought to do engineering at the university would also have applied to study at other third-level colleges and the university estimates that about 100 students who did not make the required grade will benefit. Prof Richard Millar, dean of the faculty of computing and engineering, said the error was likely to cost the university “tens of thousands of pounds” but that it felt it had a “moral” duty to honour the original commitment. He acknowledged that the North’s Department of Employing and Learning (DEL) was likely to impose a financial penalty on the University of Ulster because with the extra places the university will exceed this year’s