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Northumbria University To Be Sentenced Over Caffeine Experiment That Left Students In Intensive Care

The students spent several days in hospital after the study went wrong.

25/01/2017 10:25 GMT

Northumbria University is set to be sentenced over a caffeine experiment that left students in intensive care.  

Two students from the Newcastle university needed several days of hospital treatment in 2015 after a sports science experiment into the effects of caffeine went wrong. 

The pair from the uni’s Applied Sport and Exercise Science course accidentally overdosed on the stimulant in a study designed to measure how caffeine affects athletic performance, the Press Association reported. 

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Northumbria University is set to be sentenced over a caffeine experiment that left two students in hospital

It was reported at the time that the students - who have not been named - consumed the caffeine in a drink. 

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the institution at a hearing last month, where the uni admitted to failing to ensure student safety. 

Symptoms of caffeine overdose include heart palpitations, dizziness, diarrhoea and vomiting.  

A spokeswoman from the university told the Mirror in 2015: “It is a standard test that is delivered in most UK sports departments.” 

Northumbria University will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court at a date that has not yet been publicised.