Been rejected from Durham? I'm SO ANGRY. Watch

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(Original post by katini)
I don't know how they decide who gets offers and who doesn't but I know there was a wave of rejections about two weeks ago so you're good to have made it this far.

I think the whole Durham system is a lottery to be honest.
Thanks, i feel better to know there was a wave of rejections (oooh that sounds mean, obviously it's not good for them, but for me...) and hopefully I will be ok. You have got a place for Hist/Pol yeah? Hopefully, i might see you on the open day
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Woo, my Durham app has moved to a college too!
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Yeah I'm going to do Hist/Pol at Mildert.
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Woo, my Durham app has moved to a college too!
What one did you apply to? Was it Collingwood?
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What one did you apply to? Was it Collingwood?
Collingwood has like 12 applicants to 1 place or something like that, or maybe that was Grey i dunno
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Are you still coming on the 22nd/23rd to Mildert? Have you heard anything from them since you returned the slip?
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Well, my head of sixth form phoned up the admissions office today to get some feedback on why I was rejected (predicted three As at A-level, applied for history and politics).

She said that, my application had been in one of the first batch of applications which had been sent through to the politics department (as these things are done at Durham, each department looks at it before passing the 'ok'ed ones onto the next)

Well, the politics department rejected the whole bunch (good applications... mostly 'also applied to Oxbridge', I'd assume) and sent them back. Admissions assumed a mistake, returned them, just to have them rejected a second time.

The lady on the end of the phone, I'm told, was actually EMBARRASSED to admit the real reason why these were rejected. It's because Durham accepted too many applicants last year and got a financial slap on the wrist... so this year, in order to keep the numbers down, they have automatically rejected anyone who didn't get an A* in GCSE history. That's GCSE history. Seem a bit unfair to you? I'm INSANELY angry with this... you wouldn't even believe.

So, fair enough, my head of sixth form mentioned that she wouldn't bother letting anyone who didn't get an A* in their chosen subject at GCSE level apply next year, to which she was told "Oh, no, don't do that. It'll probably be different next year".

Fantastic. Anyone else been caught out by this IDIOTIC screening system? Does it just apply to history, or to any other subjects too?
This sad little episode just shows why you should never take acceptance or rejection that seriously: often it's nothing to do with you-it tells you more about the poor sad, overworked clowns who have to resort to statistical stratagems to cope with the overload. And have no illusions, the goverrment's obsession with social eugenics means that your gender, race and class have a lot to do with it-of course it helps if you've got ability, I suppose.
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(Original post by katini)
What one did you apply to? Was it Collingwood?
Yes, it was collingwood.
I'm not too fussed which college I end up in - none look horrible.
And I know I could still get rejected, I'm just happy there's been some progress!!
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I think it's disgraceful the way Durham have been treating applicants. A girl from my college last year got rejected from the course simply because she had never had anything published before. Which is, of course, absurd, as publication is no indication of ability to write well, theres hundreds of really crap books out there...
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This sad little episode just shows why you should never take acceptance or rejection that seriously: often it's nothing to do with you-it tells you more about the poor sad, overworked clowns who have to resort to statistical stratagems to cope with the overload. And have no illusions, the goverrment's obsession with social eugenics means that your gender, race and class have a lot to do with it-of course it helps if you've got ability, I suppose.
That thing about exceeding the numbers of students allowed and automatically rejecting anyone without A* at GCSE is ridiculous and totally pathetic. Just think if they can **** up admissions so badly just think of the mess your degree might have come out like.
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I got a B in GCSE history, got rejected straight off from Durham.

Not to bothered, was offered places by Oxford, York and Warwick
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durham is, perhaps, the greatest uni in the world. you should not be ashamed that you got rejected. in a recent poll, durham got voted "greatest institution in the world ever".
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durham is, perhaps, the greatest uni in the world. you should not be ashamed that you got rejected. in a recent poll, durham got voted "greatest institution in the world ever".
"in a poll"? and what poll would that be then?
Okay, well I'm sure Durham isn't "the greatest uni in the world", but it is still a very good uni, and consequently, like any other good uni, is heavily oversubscribed, which means they have no choice but to reject lots of very able applicants. I mean, if you recieve applications from a thousand equally talented, hardworking, deserving candidates for a given course, you still can't except them all, and because it's very difficult to distinguish between lots of nearly identical straight A students, you have no choice but to base your decisions on silly things like the A in GCSE history you were talking about. Yes, this does make it a bit of a lottery, but really, it can't be helped.

My English teacher was telling us about some job he had applied for when he was younger (when most people still wrote applications and stuff by hand), and he said, that to narrow it down, any applications which hadn't been written in black ink were automatically chucked in the bin, without being read, just because the number of applications they had recieved were so overwhelming. Stuff like that's not fair - but then, can there ever be a fair way of doing it?
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To add moan to other complaints about Durham.....Ive just heard today...MAY! that i have an offer for Sociology in October. Been predicted AAA needed BBB and they still took all this time to let me know! Unbelievable!And its undersubscribed as its a UCAS extra course!
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To add moan to other complaints about Durham.....Ive just heard today...MAY! that i have an offer for Sociology in October. Been predicted AAA needed BBB and they still took all this time to let me know! Unbelievable!And its undersubscribed as its a UCAS extra course!
That is a loooong time. But hey, be happy you got an offer! You've got plenty of time to make your decision. What college, and do you reckon you're going to take it?
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