Prince William's "Free Pass" to Study at Cambridge Despite Mediocre Grades is an "Insult"

By Gerald Lynch on at

Prince William's off to study agricultural management at Cambridge. No big deal -- we want our royals smart, right? Except William didn't get the grades everyone else would need to study there.

The prince has been offered a place on a 10-week, "bespoke" course at the university's school of Technology, despite missing the required A*, A, A A-Level grades or first class degree that others would need to study at the prestigious institution. And it's left many students there incredibly angry.

The Guardian's Melissa Berrill, herself a Cambridge graduate, writes:

Admitting Prince William is an insult to every student, whatever their background, who got into Cambridge by getting the required A-level or degree results. It's an insult to every student whose A-levels and degree are the same or better than his, and who didn't get a free pass to Cambridge in spite of them. And it's an insult to everyone in the country who needs skills or training, and hasn't had a university course personally designed for them.

Berill also makes the point that William's presence will reinforce the "posh people only" image of Cambridge that has in the past deterred applicants from less privileged backgrounds.

Now, to be fair, William is no dunce -- his A,B,C grades at Eton College and 2.1 undergraduate degree from St. Andrews are not to be sniffed at, especially for someone who had the world's media following him around even as a teenager. Studying can be tough at the best of times, let alone whilst living under that scrutiny. But there is something to be said of double standards at play here -- William is comparatively waltzing in compared to some students. It's not as if we're living in the days when you could be beheaded for treason for refusing him. [The GuardianMail Online]

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