The job specification said it was essential to have a good degree in a relevant subject.
A university in the Midlands is currently advertising for a director of external relations and it is preferable that the applicant has a higher degree in marketing, or a business-related discipline.
A study by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) this year showed that female students are more likely to achieve an upper second degree, or higher, than male students with the same A-level results.
This compares with 56 per cent for Asian students, and 53 per cent for black students, entering with the same A-level grades.
How many people from under-represented groups would have met that criterion? Why not consider experience from other organisations, such as the Fire Brigade?
Not everyone with a law degree goes on to be a solicitor. Gabby Logan, a law graduate, became a TV presenter. The editorial director of Hearst Magazines – which publishes Good Housekeeping – has a degree in astrophysics. A former BBC head of communications had a degree in music.
Findings from a previous HEFCE study in 2010 showed that the proportion of mature students who studied an engineering, architecture or a science subject was greater for every minority ethnic group than for white students.
Stephen Lawrence died in 1993 but, more than 20 years later, the Metropolitan Police is still receiving negative media coverage based on aspects of the story.
Former Countryfile presenter, Miriam O'Reilly, won her ageism case against the BBC in 2011, but this month – just three years later – she was in the news again when she gave evidence to the House of Lords Communications Committee about age discrimination.