Universities have been urged by the UK government to be flexible in their admissions ahead of A-level results day this week. From Sky News

The eleventh hour move is in response to claims that the university places of thousands of pupils in England are in peril amid exam chaos.

Experts have warned that pupils whose marks are downgraded by computer face missing out on university places while exam boards sift through a flood of appeals.

Universities minister Michelle Donelan has written to vice-chancellors asking them, where possible, to hold places for students who appeal until they receive the outcome.

“Nobody should have to put their future on hold because of this virus,” she said.