Cambridge pranksters posed as Eton schoolboys and told prospective students only public school pupils are allowed in
23:43 GMT, 12 December 2012
Cambridge University undergraduates dressed up as Eton schoolboys and told prospective students waiting to be interviewed that only public school pupils are allowed in.
Three pranksters donned school uniforms and infiltrated a room where nervous applicants were waiting.
They then told the Jesus College interviewees that only pupils from public schools had a chance of winning a coveted place at their college.
Prank: The undergraduates told anxious pupils waiting to be interviewed for a place at Jesus College, pictured, they had to be public schoolboys to get in
The second year Cambridge pranksters were spotted wearing smart Eton suits and mingling with the hopefuls in the college’s Marshall room when they were challenged, student tabloid paper The Tab reports.
The Dean of College is now investigating,
A post later appeared on one of the student’s Facebook page which read: 'This evening in Jesus… 'I got Dean’d today. And, all we did is dress up in suits and pretend to be interviewees… We said we were from Eton’.'
Student reaction to the prank appeared to be mixed although the Facebook status received 158 likes, suggesting many had seen the act as funny.
But one Jesus fresher, who asked to remain anonymous, said: 'I can’t believe anyone would want to shake up applicants like that. They were in the same position once.'
It is understood there were around ten applicants in the Marshall room at the time of the prank.
Uniform: The pranksters dressed in Eton school uniform as they told nervous interviewees they would not get in unless they went to public school (file pic)
Jesus College Students Union said no applicants will be disadvantaged as a result of the cruel prank.
A member of the JCSU, said: 'A small number of undergraduate members of Jesus College caused a disturbance in the area where a number of applicants were waiting for interview.
'This disturbance was cut short by the prompt intervention of other undergraduates who were acting as helpers during the interview process.
'The College condemns this stupidity. The Dean of College is investigating the incident and will in due course decide what disciplinary action is appropriate.
'Applicants will not be disadvantaged as a result of this incident.'
It is likely to be a source of embarrassment to the University which has tried hard to dispel myths of anti-state school bias.
bosses spend more than 2.7million a year on hundreds of schemes aimed
at generating applications from students from less privileged
the university revealed there are almost 200 fewer freshers from
fee-paying schools starting there – a decline of five percentage points
in a year and 30-year low.
At the same time figures showed state school pupils made up 63 per cent of first-year students.
When the figures were released Dr
Mike Sewell, the university’s director of admissions, said: 'It has been
wonderful to see continuing increases in the number and quality of
applications from UK state schools and colleges.'
College leaders could not be contacted today.