Univer­sity re­jected princess, says lec­turer

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Camilla Turner ed­u­ca­tion editor

PRINCESS EU­GE­NIE was re­jected from New­cas­tle Univer­sity, be­fore the ad­mis­sions of­fi­cer re­alised who she was, an aca­demic has claimed.

Speak­ing to anti-monar­chist cam­paign group Repub­lic’s an­nual con­ven­tion in the city, Dr Martin Farr, a se­nior his­tory lec­turer at New­cas­tle Univer­sity, said: “A friend of mine who is Ital­ian was the ad­mis­sions of­fi­cer for BA English lit­er­a­ture and re­ceived one ap­pli­ca­tion for the un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree that was not good enough and so dis­carded it.

“Ap­par­ently the univer­sity was hor­ri­fied that she had been re­jected be­fore she was of­fered a place with us for an­other de­gree,” the Daily Mail re­ported.

A spokesman for New­cas­tle Univer­sity said: “The univer­sity will not com­ment on an in­di­vid­ual stu­dent’s po­si­tion, as this in­for­ma­tion is con­fi­den­tial.

“In gen­eral if an ap­pli­cant does not have the ac­tual or pre­dicted grades to meet the re­quire­ments for a par­tic­u­lar pro­gramme, it is com­mon prac­tice for them to be con­sid­ered for al­ter­na­tive pro­grammes.”

The univer­sity said it has a “strict ad­mis­sions process” which en­sures “fair en­try” for all ap­pli­cants, re­gard­less of back­ground.

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