The University was left embarrassed today after a History of Art lecturer revealed that the new Constantine College logo actually shows an image of the Emperor Hadrian.
“As far as I can see this is definitely Hadrian,” Jane Hawkes, a University lecturer and expert on the Emperor Constantine, said. “It was much more common for Constantine to be depicted without a beard.
“It would have been very easy for the University to consult the History of Art Department.
“I have found one coin that has a bearded profile on it that reputedly dates from the time of Constantine, but it is from the Constantine/Maximian dual-emperor phase (306-312) so it is unclear if the profile is that of Constantine or Maximian… and anyway it looks nothing like this! I suspect the decision was made, somewhere, to farm out the design project to some firm not really specialising in such niceties as getting the portrait right!”
Kallum Taylor, YUSU President: “Even if you do a quick Google image search it does look more like Hadrian.”
The revelations are particularly embarrassing since Jane Grenville, University Deputy Vice Chancellor, is herself an archaeologist. She commented: “Your expert is quite right. As an archaeologist I should have spotted this when the logo came back from the designers. We shall re-design the logo to feature a more accurate depiction of a beardless Constantine.”
She went on to add: “Many thanks to the vigilant student body. I am proud that they are interested and engaged enough to notice this and confident enough to challenge us.”
Students have also responded to the news.
Helena Parker, an English Literature student said: “Classic York uni trying to get in on a heritage which doesn’t really belong to us and then getting it wrong.”
George Hesselgren, a third year student, said that the mistake “reeks of amateur hour”.
He added: “It reminds me of something stuck up on the front of a frat house, designed by 12-year-olds. It’s not very impressive for a university trying to add prestige to its image.”