I left my life of crime – but uni failed me

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Michael added that he had a fall-out with tu­tors ear­lier this year over the missed dead­line.

He said: “I had an ac­ci­dent at work over Christ­mas and frac­tured my hands. That re­ally set me back, and led to me miss­ing a key dead­line. I tried to ex­plain, but I was re­moved from the course.

“I feel that I have been picked on. I was brought up to say what I think and I have in many meet­ings with tu­tors and aca­demic staff, but I have not been abu­sive. I know I have made mas­sive mis­takes and I have paid the price. But I want a se­cond chance.”

A spokesper­son for Edge Hill Univer­sity said: “We’re un­able to dis­close de­tails about the aca­demic sta­tus of any of our stu­dents. We can con­firm that our aca­demic reg­u­la­tions would al­low a stu­dent who has been with­drawn from the course on aca­demic grounds the right to make an ap­peal against the de­ci­sion of the as­sess­ment board.”

Michael Coupe took part in a cash-in­tran­sit rob­bery out­side the Bar­clays bank, on Bury New Road, in Prest­wich

Michael Coupe, left, feels let down by Edge Hill Univer­sity; above, a mug-shot is­sued at the time of his crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties

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