Today's news

March 1, 2004

Lecturers to take action over pay
Lecturers yesterday voted to stop marking exams and essays in a pay row. The Association of University Teachers said more than 80 per cent of members had backed indefinite strike action.
( Daily Mirror )

Bristol purges double-barrelled university hopefuls
A university don has revealed how tutors have purged their courses of students with double-barrelled surnames to meet government targets for boosting numbers of the disadvantaged. TV archaeologist Mark Horton told how Bristol University is engineering its intake away from public school pupils.
( Daily Mail )

Charles fears for lost generation
Prince Charles has warned of a "lost generation" of more than a million young people who are not in education, training or work. Some 16 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds are "slipping through the net of society", according to a three-year study by the Prince’s Trust.
( Daily Mail )

Male graduates benefit more from business school
A startling divide in the benefits men and women gain from business school has emerged from a wide-ranging study. Men who complete postgraduate education are almost twice as likely as their female classmates to gain higher pay and status as a result.
( Financial Times )

Estonia prepares for EU MBA market
The Estonian Business School has made significant move to raise its profile in the run-up to the Baltic state’s accession to the European Union by appointing Nicola Hijlkema as pro-rector for international relations. Ms Hijlkema is former director of network services at the European Foundation for Management Development in Brussels.
( Financial Times )

Olin plans expansion overseas
The Olin School of Business at Washington University in St Louis is looking to expand overseas. Olin was one of the first US schools to launch a programme in China and is looking at opportunities in eastern Europe and Latin America.
( Financial Times )

Round up of higher education stories over the weekend

The e-University is to undergo restructuring due to poor take-up of its courses. ( Financial Times )
Government figures show that universities are generating more cash and jobs than ever before. ( The Guardian )
The Treasury has hinted that business links with universities will receive a boost in the budget. ( Financial Times )
The girls of the Cambridge lacrosse team have stripped off for an advertising campaign. ( Daily Express )

The number of eastern European students applying for places at British universities has doubled this autumn as they can study for free if their parental income is low. ( Sunday Times )
Students are leaving postgraduate courses because of the expense. ( Mail on Sunday )
The uselessness of modern degrees may soon drive people to enrol in technical colleges. ( Mail on Sunday )
Students at the University of Kent are outraged at having been given the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine without having been informed what it was. ( Express on Sunday )
Benjamin Zephaniah rules himself out as the next professor of poetry at Oxford University. ( Observer )

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