If you disappointedly answered yes to the above headline, then you’re not alone.
Just a few weeks away from the reveal of the A-Level results, the globally trusted Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accidentally sent out a false acceptance email to over 4,000 prospective students who had applied to either a Northumbria or Newcastle higher education institution.
As highlighted by The Independent, “Some students who had hoped their wait had come to an end – who were then told by UCAS that the email had been sent by mistake – described the error as ‘heart wrenching’.”
UCAS sent me an email saying I’d been accepted into Newcastle uni then sent another saying that email was a mistake xxx
— abbi (@abbixstannard) July 26, 2018
Sending out false congratulations is bound to incur a frenzy of panicked and angry applicants.
Even if you aren’t one of the eager ones anticipating a successful acceptance into your dream university this year, it’s still easy to lose faith in the commonly-used UCAS service after being notified about this news.
To make amends with those affected by the misinformation, the UK-based organisation sent out thousands of apology letters to win back the trust of users and to offer sincere notes of regret.
Imagine being told you’ve gotten into Newcastle Uni by UCAS just to get another email saying it was sent by mistake. TWICE.
— ALI (@aliyafoxx) July 27, 2018
As many students dread the thought of being denied a place in their desired university and swept up into the hectic system of clearing, it’s clear to see why there was a huge commotion from current A-level hopefuls.
From an international student’s perspective, this fake news made by UCAS may have the potential to cause further stress and dismay.
By being sent a counterfeit acceptance email from their chosen university in Northumbria or Newcastle, they may view this information as real and begin booking their flights, informing their family members and confirming their accommodation options.
Regardless of the implications made by this accidental misfortune, the UCAS admissions service is still providing students with support and advice for the upcoming results day.
And they’re wishing every applicant the best of luck…
A LEVEL STUDENTS: Just TWO WEEKS until results day! Make sure you’re ready – there’s lots of advice on our website! https://t.co/yFowwzierF
— UCAS Online (@ucas_online) August 2, 2018