This woman asked Twitter for help finding her stolen lecture notes - and was floored by the response

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An Oxford university student has been touched by “wonderful people” who’ve tried to help her after two years’ worth of lecture notes were stolen before her exams. 

From late nights followed by early mornings, revising for exams is no easy feat – especially if you have two years’ worth of notes to get through.

Spare a kind thought or two then for Anne-Marie Downes, an Oxford University student in her final year, who’s had all of her lecture notes stolen six weeks before her final exams.

While in Durham for a wedding on Saturday 7 April, Downes’ bag containing her laptop and all of her notes were stolen from her family’s car. And it’s imperative that the Philosophy, Politics and Economics student gets her notes back as she has a learning disability “which makes sorting through notes difficult, especially on a screen.”

Finding herself in every student’s worst nightmare, Downes took to Twitter to ask for help. 

Downes has stressed that the other things in her bag - like her laptop - are not of high importance. 

The student has provided people with a description of her bag: dark blue rucksack with bright flowers. 

However, the resulting response on social media caught her completely by surprise.

That’s right: countless students and professors at Oxford University have reached out to Downes and offered her their own notes, in a bid to help her prepare for her exams.

Now, Downes is feeling less stressed at the thought of sitting her exams without her notes in six weeks’ time. 

“It was such a relief to read people’s kind messages and to have people in Durham say they would keep a look out, and I’m feeling so much more calm now that I have been sent notes to work with,” Downes tells HuffPost UK. “It’s obviously still not ideal because two years of my own work is difficult to replace, but I’m in a much better place than just a few days ago.”

Two fellow students, who have their own revision to do, have even taken the time to sit with Downes and go through their own notes together. 

If you find the bag or some of its contents, please contact Downes on Twitter. Alternatively, you can call Durham Police or email

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Susan Devaney

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