From today's UK papers

December 12, 2000

FINANCIAL TIMES

The high-tech revolution means Indian students are in demand, but Australia, in spite of its smaller university system, attracts many more than the UK.

THE GUARDIAN

MPs are to consider investigating the funding links between universities and big business following the row over British American Tobacco's sponsorship of two institutions.

Lee Elliot Major investigates why so many women are on short-term contracts.

Abul Taher reports that for 30,000 Muslims in Britain the end of this term is a testing time; exams and studies have to be worked around Ramadan.

Keith Marshal, at the School of Modern Languages, University of Wales, Bangor, writes that the number of students taking language degrees has been falling steeply, but his research has revealed the stirrings of a sixth-form revival - thanks to AS levels.

Peter Kingston reports on union demands for a catch-up pay rise for all lecturers.

Peter Kingston asks whether England will follow Wales, which is about to pioneer its own baccalaureate.

THE INDEPENDENT

Transylvania is not the only place to witness increased activity around the time of the full moon. Research from Leeds University shows lunar activity affects the number of patients seeing GPs.

Terence Blacker encourages the students of the University of East Anglia to oppose plans to make them buy bottled water in the university's new sports complex.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Cannabis smokers may be lowering their chances of having children, according to research from the University of Buffalo, New York State.

MISCELLANY

A-level exam standards are to be studied by an international panel of experts in an attempt to quash fears that the qualifications are being surreptitiously "dumbed down"  ( Guardian , Independent , Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph ).

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