University cuts tie with 15th century student society
A university in Scotland has announced with will not official recognise a student society dating back to the 15th century as it is regards as sexist.
At this time only men can join the Kate Kennedy Club and there can only be 60 members at a time.
The principal, Dr Louise Richardson of the highly respected St. Andrew's university in St. Andrew's in Scotland, e-mailed every student to say the University was withdrawing its official recognition of the Kate Kennedy Club.
The procession, where the head male dresses up as a female is due to take place on 18th April this year.
The club was set up to honour the beautiful niece of Bishop Kennedy, a founder member of the university, and dates back to the 15th century.
It fell into disuse but was revived in 1926, and is most famous for its annual procession in which students dress as historical characters connected with the town such as Mary Queen of Scots, John Knox and Andrew Carnegie.
A male first-year student is selected on the morning of the event to dress as Kate.
In 2002, a petition against the club sparked a university snub of the event because of its elitist invitation-only membership.
While he was a student at St Andrews, Prince William is reported to have pointedly not sought membership of the society in disapproval.