Cambridge dons vote to keep tradition of publicly ranking students by exam results

Cambridge students will continue to be publicly ranked by their exam results after fellows voted to preserve the 300-year-old tradition of “class lists.”

 

Class lists are a 300-year-old tradition whereby a student’s name is displayed on a board outside the university’s main building – the Senate House - alongside their achieved degree grade.

 

Earlier this year, student campaigners argued that the lists were “damaging” to the welfare of students, triggering depression and “promoting a culture of shaming”.

 

Others, though, said class lists helped students cope with feelings of inadequacy. “Having the lists published makes people realise they are just as good as their peers,” said Nicholas Taylor, one of the founders of the campaign ‘Save the Class List’.

 

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