Should plaques commemorating Prince Andrew be removed too?
Update at 17:13 on 21/11: UWE have released a statement, which has been added to the end of this article.
A day after receiving contact from HUB Magazine about the nature of the University’s relationship with Prince Andrew and Pitch@Palace, a company he founded, Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) has removed references to the company from its website.
BRL, a partnership between University of Bristol and UWE, is located on UWE’s Frenchay Campus.
Many other companies in the UK are reported to be severing ties with the company.
The nature of the partnership between BRL and Pitch@Palace is unclear, and a Freedom of Information Act request and request for comment sent to the University both remain unanswered, at the time of publication.
This comes after a BBC interview that has been widely referred to as a ‘car-crash’ in the media concerning the Prince’s relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
As of yesterday, the 20th of November, plaques in the Business Building and Future Space still bear the official titles of the Prince, who was involved in their official openings, and pictures of the Prince opening the Business Building are still available on UWE’s official Flickr account.
Statement from UWE Bristol regarding the Duke of York – 21.11.19
“The Duke of York has taken part in two official opening ceremonies on our Frenchay campus – Future Space in July 2017 and Bristol Business School in March 2018. To mark these visits, two plaques were installed as a commemoration of the formal opening of both spaces.
UWE Bristol, through the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), was one of a large number of universities invited to participate in the Pitch@Palace enterprise competition. The BRL’s last involvement was in the Pitch@Palace 9.0 competition, which took place in January 2018. The BRL’s participation was reflected by the Pitch@Palace logo appearing on BRL’s ‘partner’ webpage, which gives a sample of the organisations and programmes the BRL has worked with in various capacities.
For clarity, the Pitch@Palace logo has now been removed from the BRL website as we have no current links or formal partnership with the programme.”
Featured photo: Jack Fifield