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BPP equity and trusts exam disturbed by ‘pumping music’ so loud ‘the desks were vibrating from the bass’

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Exclusive: It was like being in a club

Second year BPP University Law School students sitting their equity and trusts exam were in for a surprise last week when the final part of their three-hour assessment was interrupted by “pumping music” so loud one student claimed he could feel “the desks vibrating from the bass.”

The private university holds 200 exams a year at the ExCeL Centre near Royal Victoria Dock, East London. Readers who have visited the centre (pictured below) will know it is huge and hosts multiple, simultaneous events.

London’s ExCel Centre. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

About two hours and 30 minutes into the exam, BPP students trying to concentrate were greeted by what one described as “clearly audible” electronic music and the sound of “people cheering and screaming”. It was “absolutely ridiculous”, and felt like being in a club.

While it’s not clear where the noise was coming from, it’s worth noting an interactive show by American life coach Tony Robbins (video embedded below) took place on the day of the exam. Thousands attended the three-and-a-half-day event, with participants aiming to “unlock and unleash the forces inside” and “turn fear into power” by walking over hot coals. Robbins’ firewalk event was scheduled to kick off at 12pm (just as the BPP exam finished), but registration took place from 9am that morning. It is therefore possible the noise was coming from preparations for this event.

Having got in touch with BPP University Law School about this, a spokesperson told us:

During the 50 exam sittings last week, there was one instance of some noise disturbance during the last 20 minutes of one exam sitting and we have had a small number of complaints regarding this. We are very disappointed that our students had this experience and are progressing this complaint with ExCeL. For those students impacted, their complaints will go through the Conduct of Assessment Procedure. We always give the benefit of any circumstances to the students and the exam board will do so on this occasion, in line with usual protocol.

The ExCeL Centre has declined to comment.

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28 Comments

Anonymous

Bass in the place, London

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Anonymous

Rule in Re Hastings Bass?

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Anonymous

I was in that exam and can confirm it was a bit ridiculous, especially coming in the last 30 minutes of a 3 hour exam when you’re a bit tired anyway.

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Anonymous

Sorry to hear that, hope you weren’t too distracted! Last 30 minutes always a killer, agreed.

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Saf

Think the spokesman also forgot to add that they had knowledge of the event prior yet still continued on to make us sit the exam.

Wouldn’t call BPP a uni, more like a money hungry organisation that only cares about its financial advantage, couldn’t give a crap about its students!

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Anonymous

It was hell, BPP is just a money hungry business! The admimistration system is crap ( i think current students will agree).

I mean they didnt even apologies.

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Anonymous

The thing is they will collectively forget this ever happened. BPP has a well known reputation for ignoring issues that could hinder their financial gains.

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Anonymous

sounds like the very industry you’re going into. buckle up!

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Bobbi Brown

I think the music helped me do better in the exam. It’s a shame it wasn’t loud enough.

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Upset student

Appalling , it was actually a hour and a half into the exam when the concert began the music and screams were so loud people couldn’t even think straight.

Bpp has not actually tried to anything for this except back themselves and provide excuses. I regret attending this ‘university’

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Anonymous

I was at that rave. Was fucking mint

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PBB Laugh Stock Student

Typical BPP. I do wonder who’s objectively more deluded:

– international students who came to BPP to do their LLB/GDL and BPTC/LPC because they were told they’ll become “international lawyers”; or

– the people who paid presumably a lot of money to “unlock and unleash the forces inside” and “turn fear into power” with Tony Robbins.

That is a difficult one.

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Patrick

This is excellent.

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Rupert; a US firm trainee.

But not as good as Huey Lewis and the News. Their early work was a little too new wave for my taste. But when Sports came out in ’83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically.

It’s hip to be square, is it not Patrick?

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Patrick

Indeed, it’s a song so catchy, most people probably don’t listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it’s not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it’s also a personal statement about the band itself.

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Rupert; a US firm trainee.

Last time I visited you at your place for a drink Patrick, I was meant to ask… why are there copies of the Style section all over the place, d-do you have a dog? A little chow or something?

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Reservations Dorsia

I can confirm that Paul Allen will find it difficult to make a reservation at Dorsia

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Anonymous

Figuring out what you need to write for an equity and trust exam is hard enough to do in silence & with 2 months of exam prep under your belt. To have to do it while you can hear people screaming/cheering & loud pop music was shocking. Really disappointed in the university & the lack human decency to even offer an apology.

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Anonymous

Just a reminder not to use ‘&’ in your exams when you actually mean ‘and’, yeah?

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Anonymous

BPP are cunts. I hope this will remain a stain on their already not so great reputation.

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Anonymous

I hope no one attends this shameful uni

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Anonymous

BPP suck.

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Super Sheep

My uni held law exams in the local town hall, which was right next door to a large building site. Drilling was a regular accompaniment to our exams, so much so that students sat them wearing ear plugs!

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Anonymous

Disgraceful. Could sue.

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Metropolitan Police

This is for pre-teens right?
Sorry reporting this site . It shouldn’t be on the internet.

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Jones Day Partner

Hmm, vibrating desks…

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Anonymous

let me translate

“During the 50 exam sittings last week, there was one instance of some noise disturbance during the last 20 minutes of one exam sitting and we have had a small number of complaints regarding this.”

a.k.a. “it was a hundred people out of thousands…come on!”

“We are very disappointed that our students had this experience”

a.k.a. “we are scared that you’re going to sue us if we fail you now, but we aren’t going to admit any fault and will instead treat as though you had an accident”

“and are progressing this complaint with ExCeL.”

a.k.a. “we’ll tell ExCel, they’ll tell us to screw off but it’s a good PR move”

“For those students impacted, their complaints will go through the Conduct of Assessment Procedure. We always give the benefit of any circumstances to the students and the exam board will do so on this occasion, in line with usual protocol.”

a.k.a. “how about we give you all some distinctions and you drop this eh? just remember we still are in control of your grade”

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Jungle is Massive

Banging toons

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