From today's UK papers

May 1, 2001

Financial Times
King's College, London, is to borrow £60m to help fund investments - the biggest unsecured loan raised by a British university.

The Guardian
The saga of quality assessment in British universities has taken an extraordinary turn - dethroning some of the oldest academic stars and crowning some of the newest.

A global watchdog has been launched to combat attacks on teachers and students.

Geoffrey Alderman, vice-president of Touro College, New York, writes that although its teaching is on a par with Oxford, Bolton Institute is still being denied university status.

Wendy Piatt, research fellow in education at the Institute for Public Policy Research, asks why Natfhe and the AUT are fighting for more money for students - and ignoring the plight of lecturers.

Professor David N Ashton, director of international development at the Centre for Market Studies, University of Leicester, asks why white-collar workers are getting all the lifelong learning.

The Independent
Europe's last remaining colony of chimpanzees used for scientific experiments, at the Biomedical Research Centre at Rijswijk, the Netherlands, could be disbanded within weeks after a damning report into their captivity.

Robert Verkaik writes that e-learning for law students and a scheme allowing pleas by email are just two of the initiatives designed to bring the law up to date.

The Daily Mail
A vaccine to control rheumatoid arthritis could be ready within five years, say scientists at Complutense University in Madrid.

Many bosses could be clinically diagnosed as psychopaths, according to a scientific report by psychologist Paul Babiak.

The Daily Telegraph
Britney Spears can turn the most arcane science into a massive hit, Carl Hepburn, a physicist at Essex University has discovered.

The Times
Leading academics have said that the five-yearly assessment of university research has stifled original work and wasted millions of pounds.

Scientists at Unilever in Sharnbrook, Bedforshire, claim to have genetically developed a tomato with huge potential to reduce the risk of heart disease, by boosting by up to 80 times the levels of flavonols, known to fight against clogging of the arteries. ( Times , Daily Mail )

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