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Nottingham students call for removal of Abercrombie & Fitch from careers fair

23rd May 2013

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Nearly 80% of Nottingham University students are opposing the inclusion of Abercrombie & Fitch at their careers fair.

The US clothing brand hit the headlines recently after CEO Mike Jeffries admitted only wanting “cool, good-looking people” to wear his clothes, and that the company doesn’t “market to anyone other than that."

The poll, taken by student paper Impact, found that 78% (359 out of 459 students who voted) were against the controversial clothing brand being invited onto campus.

Second year sociology student Will Hazell told Impact: “There should not be any room within this University for exclusive, preening vanity.

“If Abercrombie & Fitch wants to exclude people they deem to be ‘uncool’, then the University of Nottingham should exclude A&F.”

Other students have defended the university’s decision, with Johnny Lawrence, a third year studying philosophy, saying: “I think it is far worse to restrict students’ choices to choose where they may potentially want to work.”

The university released a statement defending their decision, saying: “We do not think it is appropriate to withdraw the opportunities to those students interested in a possible career with this company on the basis of one person’s ill-considered remarks.

“Our students are adults and are able to make their own decisions about whether or not they engage with any particular organisation. As such, we don’t think it’s appropriate to rescind A&F’s registration at the fair.

"A&F is one of 40 employers attending the Summer Careers fair, has attended fairs in the past, and is popular with Nottingham students as a graduate recruiter."

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