From today's UK papers

March 19, 2001

The Guardian

Free admission to England's university museums is under threat because they were omitted from a Budget concession which allows non-charging museums to reclaim value added tax.
A repeat of last summer's exams crisis is feared with news that the Scottish Qualifications Authority has fallen behind in preparing for this year.

The Independent

Police are investigating allegations that an Asian student at Oxford University was sent racist emails telling him to leave the college because he was better suited to working in a McDonald's restaurant.

Niall Fergusson, professor of political and financial history at Oxford University, argues in a lecture delivered over the internet that it is not just money that makes the world go round.

The Times

The value of the English language's dominance in international business and politics has been put at £5,455 billion, more than the combined worth of the Japanese and German languages. But linguists are warning that the dominance of English is threatened by its very success. So many people are learning it that it may break up into mutually unintelligible dialects.

Artefacts from Pella, the Macedonian birthplace of Alexander the Great, will be exhibited at a conference at Oxford University next weekend.


The new A-level curriculum has sharpened the divide between state and private schools, a survey by the Secondary Heads' Association has found. ( Daily Telegraph , Times )

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