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Friday 20 October 2017

Female students vent their fury at 'deplorable' graduation guide 'telling women how to dress'

Kayleigh Hogg and her fiancé Nicholas Hesford celebrate receiving their PhDs from Queen’s University. Photo: Andrew Towe Parkway Photography
Kayleigh Hogg and her fiancé Nicholas Hesford celebrate receiving their PhDs from Queen’s University. Photo: Andrew Towe Parkway Photography

Cate McCurry

Students at Queen's Universtiy Belfast have hit out after the university issued a graduation ceremony style guide banning short skirts and cleavage - telling women not to dress like Kim Kardashian.

It said women should "think Grace Kelly", rather than the US reality television personality and socialite, when choosing outfits.

The so-called style advice has been criticised by students at the university, who said they found it "deplorable" that an academic institution would tell women how to dress.

Graduates were greeted with the section, entitled 'Style tips for graduation week: Wear it well', as they registered online for the formal ceremonial event.

It states that former architecture student, Thom Dickerson, who runs his own self-titled private tailoring company based in Belfast, has shared his top tips for students.

Mr Dickerson goes on to say: "Possibly the biggest mistake I see at graduation is girls treating the event like a night out.

Queen's University Belfast
Queen's University Belfast

"Graduation is a formal event and the dress code should match this. Short skirts and cleavage on show are totally out of the question.

"Think Grace Kelly, not Kim Kardashian, at least until the day is done: you can always change before heading out."

A scathing email sent to the university from a post-graduate student and seen by this newspaper states that the advice was "offensive and condescending".

"I find that it gives legitimacy to the stereotype that university education is for the middle classes," she said.

"As a woman, however, the part I find utterly deplorable is the way in which it advises women how to dress."

Queen's University Belfast did not respond to a request for comment last night.

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