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University apologises for offending police

Derby University has apologised for suggesting students should join a policing course if they failed to achieve their expected exam grades Credit: ITV News

The University of Derby has apologised for suggesting students should join a policing course if they failed to achieve the exam grades they'd hoped for.

In a Facebook post, the university offered the courses to students going through clearing following A-level results day. The post read: "Exams not gone to plan? Call us on 01332 593019 to secure your place on one of our Policing courses starting this September."

Police Federation chair John Apter hit out at the advert.

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The University of Derby's post was later deleted and it issued an apology:

"We sincerely apologise for any offence this advert may have caused to past, present and future police officers or anyone associated with the police force. These adverts were intended to highlight the opportunities available to those looking to study at the University of Derby. We absolutely recognise the importance and value of policing as a career path and understand that the advert copy did not reflect this."We have therefore removed the adverts and are reviewing the process by which these adverts were published to ensure this does not happen again."

– Spokesperson, University of Derby

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