Huddersfield University is reviewing Prince Andrew’s position as chancellor amid growing pressure following the Duke of York’s highly criticised interview on Saturday night.
The student union voted to pass a motion to lobby the prince to resign his role with the university on Monday night, adding to the ever-expanding list of institutions reconsidering the prince’s role with them including London Metropolitan University, Outward Bound and Standard Chartered.
The motion follows the prince’s interview, widely condemned as a car-crash, with BBC’s Newsnight in which the prince failed to appear remorseful over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The university has released a statement following the student union’s decision.
‘We are aware of the students’ union meeting and the motion it passed regarding the chancellor. We listen to our students’ views and concerns and we will now be consulting with them over the coming weeks.’
Students have expressed concern over the university retaining Prince Andrew as its chancellor.
‘He should have at least apologised.’ Said psychology student Aaiza Hussain, 18. ‘It could possibly give the university a bad name. it’s disgusting and it’s disrespectful.’
Safaa ali, 18 and also a Psychology student, believes that the prince’s interview could have a negative impact on women wanting to attend the university.
‘I feel like especially for women coming to university it is a big thing, if they are coming from far away, they may be prevented as their parents will be aware of what has happened through the news’
In the interview the prince told Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis he had no regrets over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, instead focusing on the opportunities it afforded him. Regardless, the prince insists if ‘push came to shove’ he would testify over his links to Epstein.
Jeffrey Epstein took his own life in a jail cell whilst awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges at the age of 66. In 2008, Epstein was convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute. The former financier was only convicted of the two charges as part of a plea deal despite 36 girls being identified as victims of sexual abuse at Epstein’s hands, some as young as 14.