For those of you not already aware of the situation, this is where I am currently taking the final exams of my degree:BBC NEWS - Students take final exams in tent
Which is currently on the front page of the BBC England News website. And is currently all MMU Business School students are talking about.
A bit of perspective is needed, I can't help but think. Students don't half make a noise when they get a bee in their bonnet about something.
I had my first exam on Thursday, and it is indeed in a big tent right next to a main road. The traffic noise was constant throughout, but that conversely made it easier to ignore after about three minutes. A few sirens were heard throughout the exam, and I requested an extra piece of paper for slipping underneath my desk leg so it didn't wobble as I wrote. The location at Man City's ground is a bit of a trek for students, but hey, I'm on my push-bike so it's no real hassle for me. The University only laying on coaches - when pushed in to it by our student union - first thing in the morning and last thing at night is a bit out of order though. But hey, nothing earth shattering really.
I do, though, dread to think what an exam would be like if it happened to coincide with a period of sporadic rainfall. And really, considering these are our ultra-important final exams, it's a bit rubbish that conditions are anywhere below ideal.
Meh. At least it's a one off for us, the unfortunate Class of 2007.
UPDATE: You can also read the Manchester Evening News's more sensationalist account of the situation here