Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Damaged Tracks of Leeds Music Student's Tears: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Damaged Tracks of Leeds Music Student's Tears: News

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In these days of Pounds 9,000 tuition fees, universities are supposed to be falling over themselves to meet the needs of "students as consumers". But things look rather different to the University of Leeds undergraduate whose hopes of a first-class degree were dashed because academics could not play half the tracks on a CD bearing his music assignment.

Those were the grounds on which Joseph Rowe, who graduates this summer from Leeds' BA in music course, was given a zero for a second-year music technology module.

When allowed to check for himself, he discovered that the biro he had used to hastily write the project details on the disc had pressed through and damaged the playing side. Although three of the six tracks still played, Mr Rowe was told that the rules permitted neither resubmission nor the marking of the undamaged ones.

Mr Rowe described this as "way too harsh" since it disregarded "all the hours of effort I put into the project on the basis of the quality of the tangible object I used to present it".

He said he had used a biro because he did not have a CD marker to hand and the submission deadline was looming. …

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