In another display of satire eating itself, Balliol College at Oxford have offered a £4,000 grant to former Etonian students to study “the social conditions of the common people” at a foreign university.
The Vaughn Memorial Travelling Scholarship is available to any Old Etonian at the University, with preference given to students at Balliol. The little known scholarship dates from the 1950s, being bequeathed to the university by the will of Mrs D. J Vaughn.
While four members of the government (David Cameron, Sir George Young, Nick Hurd and Philip Dunne) would have been elligible to apply for the grant, they have nothing on backbenchers Jo Johnson and Rory Stewart, who went to Eton, Oxford and Balliol College
The revelation will not be helpful to the university, currently trying to sell its equal opportunities policies as tuition fees treble.