I've just had some very upsetting news regarding my application for an MSt in General Linguistics & Comparative Phililogy at Oxford, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it.
I have submitted my online application through embark two days before the deadline and then received an email from the embark system that said my transcripts were missing and that I should submit them through the inquiries form on the uni's website (and nothing further). So I uploaded them there again with a note that I these were apparently missing though I could see them in my submitted form.
However, 15 minutes ago (i.e. seven days after the deadline has passed), I received the following reply to my inquiry: "We regret that this document does not meet the requirements stipulated in the Application Guide for an official transcript, i.e. visibly and indelibly certified by the issuing institution, and was therefore insufficient to complete your application for the deadline. "
Now the transcript I submitted was an intermediate transcript, and as such comes from our department and not on the university paper (though it still states all the marks and department, student numbers etc.). I asked at registry here before specifically if there are intermediate transcripts available from the registry, but the official transcripts are only issued after the degree is awarded. So, as I am still a student that would be the most official document I would get at any time.
Obviously I feel very upset about this now, and I wonder whether anybody can offer any advice. Is there any way to get them to reconsider the application? And if so, would that affect the funding as well (as there are obviously funding deadlines too)? And if that is not the case, have I wasted £50 to be told a week late that my application was not complete in the first place? I am not even sure whom I should speak to there...