BRUNEL UNIVERSITY students were this week officially cleared of rigging the BBC's Great Britons campaign in favour of Isambard Kingdom.
'Our technical people have been looking into a problem and found that it had been benefiting other people in the vote not Brunel, ' said a BBC spokesman.
The system, he said, had allowed computers to vote more than once. 'It represented a small number of votes and these have all been removed, ' he added.
Press reports this week had accused students at Brunel University of using a computer programme to register extra votes as part of their campaign to keep IKB at the top of the poll.
But Brunel University itself highlighted that it was being careful to avoid accusations of vote-rigging. 'We are encouraging people to vote in the poll, ' said a spokeswoman. 'But we leave it up to students and staff to decide who to vote for.'
Nearly 700,000 votes have been cast in the series so far.
The 10 finalists will be showcased on 24 November in a live show presented by Anne Robinson before final votes are cast.
Visit www. nceplus.co.uk for a guide to keeping Brunel on top of the poll.