Jan 04, 2014 08:12 AM EST
Will Prince William Receive Royal Welcome at Cambridge University?
Cambridge University students expressed their discontent with Prince William's participation in a specially designed 10-week course at the University.
Students claim that the Duke of Cambridge's marks, from his A-level studies at Eton, do not qualify him to even get admission into the prestigious university. It is an insult to all those students who slogged really hard to get an entry into the University.
"The Tab must point out that normally students need A*AA at A-level to gain entry to Cambridge University, whilst the Prince only achieved a mediocre ABC," Will Heilpern writes in The Tab (the school's newspaper). "Conveniently though for Will, he is the registered benefactor of the department he will be studying at."
Melissa Berrill, a Cambridge graduate, said that she feels ashamed and surprised with Prince William's free access to her alma mater.
"I can no longer insist that 'it's not like the old days any more', because the heir to the throne is about to be let in for no other reason than who his father is," Berrill said. "I can no longer claim that class has nothing to do with admissions, because the third-highest-ranking person in the country is being allowed to duck the entry requirements because he needs training to look after the Duchy of Cornwall-that is, preparation to be the second-highest-ranking person in the country,"E Online reports.
Berrill said that this 'free pass' offends all those students, who scored better than Prince William and still couldn't manage to get into the university.
Tim Squirrell, a natural sciences student, said that everyone will naturally conclude that he is being given admission simply because 'he's posh and rich.'
The course based on agricultural management is organized by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (part of the university's School of Technology). The Prince of Wales is the Patron of the Program.
The course is not open for all and only company executives can enroll in the course, the Telegraph reports. Scheduled to start in early January and end mid-March, the course is designed to help provide 'an understanding of contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom.'
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