Durham Reducing Offers For Applicants Yet To Decide Watch

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Lots of people today who have applied to Durham, and received offers, but not yet decided on whether they are going to put them as one of their choices, are recieving drastically lowered offers today. A biomedicine applicant had their offer reduced to ABB from A*A*A and a mathematical sciences applicant had their offer reduced to AC from A*B.

I have applied for maths and computer science and received an offer for AAA or A*AB. I have already accepted this and put Durham as my firm choice, now I feel like I missed out on potentially a lot lower offer because I was sure that Durham was my top choice.

Is there anyway I can get my offer lowered? If not, how often are people accepted (in to any uni but specifically Durham) with grades lower than their offer specified?

People recieving these offers are being told that it is due to them being a top applicant. My offer for Maths and CompSci is already reduced from A*AA (although not mentioned they just gave me the offer with no reference to the fact their website says A*AA). So I believe that it's not out of the realm of possibility that I could also be a 'top applicant', especially with predicted 4A*s and an A grade EPQ.
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I was just wondering how exactly Durham decides who to label as ‘top applicant’ or not. Shouldn’t ‘top applicants’ achieve top grades in order to be considered so? Predictions are just that and I struggle to believe that PS and reference letters alone could make for it. I am sorry but to me it all sounds quite non logical.
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I was just wondering how exactly Durham decides who to label as ‘top applicant’ or not. Shouldn’t ‘top applicants’ achieve top grades in order to be considered so? Predictions are just that and I struggle to believe that PS and reference letters alone could make for it. I am sorry but to me it all sounds quite non logical.
Friend of mine described Durham's admission process as follows:

"I think they put down everyone's personal statements on the floor
And let a blind chicken loose
Whichever ones it shits on get let in
If it lays an egg on one, they get a reduced offer".
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Friend of mine described Durham's admission process as follows:

"I think they put down everyone's personal statements on the floor
And let a blind chicken loose
Whichever ones it shits on get let in
If it lays an egg on one, they get a reduced offer".
That’s gold.
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That’s gold.
Only in Jack and the Beanstalk would the egg be gold.
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Sounds like Durham are panicking about application numbers. That makes it more likely that they will be flexible about results (although it’s worth warning that Durham has history of leaving applicants with missed grades in limbo with no decision for up to a week after results and therefore ruining their choices for clearing places).

You can always ring them up and explain that you know that they have been lowering offers and asking them what criteria they use for this.
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