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Anger after Cambridge University college buys a desk – for £5,000

Students have criticised a Cambridge University college for forking out £5,000 on a desk.

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By admin , in Cambridge , at April 24, 2018

Students have criticised a Cambridge University college for forking out £5,000 on a desk.

Pembroke College splashed out the 'crowdfunded' cash to buy the desk once used by former student and Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.

Students hit out at the purchase citing how much the university already spends on wine at over £3 million a year and the Vice-Chancellor's £1,000 a day salary.

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And critics in student newspaper The Tab said the money could have been spent on two more Cambridge bursaries, 325 more library books or 40 more sports grants – or fixing the heating in student accomodation.

Evie Aspinall, Pembroke student future CUSU (Cambridge University Students Union) President, told The Tab: "I can think of many better ways to spend £5,000. Putting it towards functioning college Wi-Fi or fixing the heating in my house would be a great place to start."

The college set up a crowdfunding website to buy the desk and offered “rewards” to generous which included a pack of six notecards of the Ted Hughes-inspired stained glass windows and a tour of the college library.

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Donors who gave £500 or more were given the chance to sit and write at the desk, while for gifts of £1,000 or more, there was also the opportunity to enjoy a meal at the high table and a nights free accommodation.

The page aimed to raise £5,000 and succeeded in raising a total of £5,565.

A statement on the college website says: "Thanks to generous donations Pembroke has been able to acquire Ted Hughess writing desk and chair.

"The desk and chair join an existing collection of manuscripts, books and artworks by and about Ted Hughes, who was a student at Pembroke in 1951.

"The most visible of these are the Yamada room windows, inscribed with Hughess poems and illustrations of animals.

"The desk and chair are an exciting addition, and we hope they will be an inspiration for future poets and readers of Hughess poems. Thank you to Mark Wormald, Pembroke Fellow and Ted Hughes specialist, and Patricia Aske, College Librarian, for bringing them to Pembroke."

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Dr Mark Wormald, the academic behind the project, told The Tab: "What could be more inspiring to future generations of Pembroke students and writers than to have Ted Hughess own writing desk and chair beside them as they read, study, compose?"

A post on the crowdfunding page today (April 24) said the desk had now been installed in the college library and two students writing dissertations on Ted Hughes were "visibly moved" to see it.

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