Noisy pigeons force abandonment of university law exam

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By Thomas Connelly on

First and third year students doing public law and international law affected, but someone has seen the funny side and created a @BangorUniPigeon Twitter account.


Law students at Bangor University have been forced to abandon an exam after the noise from a pair of pigeons which had entered their exam hall caused it to be cancelled midway through.

The two pigeons somehow swooped unnoticed into the building before the exam commenced. Having started as normal, the exam was abandoned after 30-45 minutes following complaints about the noise to invigilators. Law students provided real-time commentary from the scene on Tuesday, with the story subsequently picked up by Bangor University student paper Seren.

Yesterday Bangor University law lecturer Pedro Telles, who was invigilating at the time, took to Twitter to confirm the events.

Rumours that a law student was defecated on by one of the birds remain unconfirmed.

Bangor’s Students’ Union has confirmed via its Facebook page that the exam will be rescheduled for 30 May and that nobody’s marks will suffer as a result of the cancellation. Meanwhile, the university has issued this statement:

“First-year and third-year students following modules in public law and international law were those mainly affected. Bangor University has apologised to the students concerned and in addition to rescheduling the exams, have assured students that they will not be disadvantaged as a result of this disruption.

“Other students who were sitting other papers were relocated and were able to continue with their exam. The pigeons left the hall before the afternoon exam session, which went ahead as planned.”

The final word goes to @BangorUniPigeon, the inevitable Twitter account that has been spawned to commemorate the disruption.