Editorial Lent 2012 Issue Five

The name Cambridge University is one to conjure with – almost literally for those attracted to the Hogwarts style of life.

It is redolent of ancient traditions and learning of the highest standards, bringing to mind images of diligent, be-gowned students scuttling through cloisters to learn from the greatest minds in the world.

It is no surprise, therefore, that the occasional summer school – particularly those for non-UK teenagers – should attempt to attach our name to their organisation and secure for themselves a little reflected glory. One such example is the Cambridge College Programme, a scheme run by one Taryn Edwards, offering American teenagers the chance to absorb some of that learning. For a price.

As our front page today reveals, Ms Edwards' operation does not seem to be entirely above board, having failed to pay the students it hired last year and the students are now seeking the large sums of money they are owed through an employment tribunal.

The immediate difficulties which this lack of payment causes will be obvious to all. CUSU have declared their condemnation of Ms Edwards and CCP and expressed their concern that the scheme appears to be going ahead this year despite previous allegations of financial irregularities.

What is perhaps more worrying, however, is the attitude of the colleges and the University as a whole to this issue. Despite CPP placing students in difficult financial situations, colleges are still happy to take the company's cash and for them to trade on our name.

The University ought to take more responsibility for the use of its name by these summer schools and, especially in the case of CPP, individual colleges absolutely must not associate themselves with organisations which exploit their students. But for the moment it seems, as with so many other things for colleges, money comes first.

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