Student found dead after failing exam by 1% which was later corrected to a pass

A student died within hours of being told she had failed a crucial exam by 1%, a pre-inquest has heard.

Cardiff University pharmacy student Mared Foulkes, 21, was found under a bridge less than 12 hours after receiving the bad news.

In further tragic twist, her relatives said the university later upgraded her result to a pass but she never saw the improved result, NorthWalesOnline reports.

Mared was described as a “loving daughter” and an “amazing friend and sister”.

A coroner held a pre-inquest hearing in Caernarfon to deal with preliminary matters with the family's lawyer before a full inquest into Mared's death is held in October.

Kate Sutherland, acting senior coroner for North West Wales, on Friday said the death of Mared Foulkes, of Cae Uchaf Farm, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, was reported to her as having occurred on July 8 last year.

The pre-inquest heard that Mared had been working in a pharmacy on the day she received the result by email.

She said Mared had driven her car onto Britannia Bridge.

"She had left the engine running and left the car," Ms Sutherland said.

The coroner and family lawyer Chaynee Hodgetts then discussed what the scope of the full inquest would be.

Ms Hodgetts said the family believe there was a link between Mared's initial exam result and her actions.

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She told the pre-inquest: "It's the family's position that the result she received from Cardiff University, shortly before proceeding to the bridge, is directly relevant."

Ms Hodgetts said Mared "received her exam result saying she had a critical fail of 1 per cent… in the relevant module and proceeded to the bridge before it was corrected later.

"Tragically, she never found out."

The coroner said she was persuaded that the mark within 12 hours of her death was relevant to the case.

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She accepted the family's request for a representative of Cardiff University to attend the full inquest in person, unless COVID-19 issues prevent them coming to Caernarfon.

The pre-inquest heard that that will be Head of School, Professor Mark Gumbleton.

The coroner said: "He will be asked to take us through the report about how the (exam) results were reached.

"I won't be able to consider a Prevention of Future Deaths report without someone from the university to help me understand the results system and how results are shared."

Prof Gumbleton will also be given time to obtain Mared's "personal tutor record" and other documents, added the coroner.

Ms Sutherland said the full inquest would be held in Caernarfon and take up to two days.

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