A blunder from Robert Gordon University has meant 370 students have already found out that they have achieved the grades needed to gain entrance to the university – a day before they received their exams results.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is seeking an “urgent explanation” from the university, after they sent an email to applicants congratulating them on obtaining the required grades.
Robert Gordon University has already apologised for the incident.
School pupils are set to receive their exam results on Tuesday morning. However schools, universities and colleges receive Highers and Advanced Higher results a week before pupils.
The error comes only a few days after St Andrews University broke a results embargo by posting SQA results on their website.
An SQA spokesperson said: "Sending this email obviously indicates how well or otherwise applicants have done in their SQA examinations.
"SQA results are due to be announced tomorrow. Universities receive results under strict embargo from UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) in advance of general publication so as to ease the nationwide university entrance process.
"This error by RGU comes only a few days after St Andrews University had broken the results embargo by posting SQA results on its website.
"This latest breach, at a particularly stressful time for candidates, is very disappointing and regrettable. We are expressing our frustration in the strongest possible terms and demanding a detailed explanation from RGU."
A spokesman for Robert Gordon University said: "An email which was scheduled to go out tomorrow to applicants was sent this morning by mistake.
"The email was cancelled as soon as the error was spotted but 370 applicants had already received it.
"An email will be resent tomorrow to all students who have an unconditional offer at the university. RGU would like to apologise for any confusion or anxiety caused by this mistake."
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