Tickets for this year’s Romanes Lecture sold out before they officially went on sale, due to an error with the University’s system.
The University originally announced that registration to attend the talk, which will be delivered by Hillary Clinton, would open at 9am on Monday morning.
But the ticketing page went live earlier than planned, meaning that students and staff were able to snap up the 400 available tickets – which were free of charge – before they had officially gone on sale.
A University spokesperson told Cherwell: “We are very sorry to those who missed out.”
The spokesperson said: “The automated registration page went live earlier than expected, so many people were able to get tickets before the intended opening time.
“We are investigating how this happened and hope to make changes so it does not happen again.
“Tickets have now sold out due to exceptionally high demand, but we encourage anyone interested in attending to join the waiting list by contacting email@example.com.”
On Twitter, the University’s account blamed an “IT glitch” for the mistake.
University staff and students expressed their disappointment at the mistake.
Political theory tutor Sophie Smith tweeted:
A University College student, Alfie Steer, then explained the situation:
Clinton’s talk will take place at the start of 10th week (25th June) at the Sheldonian Theatre.
The University also clarified that the lecture will be live streamed.