From today's UK papers

July 3, 2001

The Guardian

Michael Portillo sat down to a lunch of sausage, chips and beans with teenage boys in their school canteen yesterday in an attempt to demonstrate his commitment to reforming Britain's public services.

Universities need to radically rethink their recruitment strategy, says Donald MacLeod.

Student protesters are finding their voices again - especially over anti-capitalism. Many will spend their summer holidays on the road in support of the cause.

The e-university is gaining credibility but faces acute cultural and practical dilemmas, warns Tim O'Shea.

Amid bitter disputes, George Bain has steered a tough course through Catholic and Protestant camps to reinvent Queen's University.

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The Independent

The prospect of restoring fertility to sterile women looked more likely yesterday with the announcement that French scientists at the Edouard Herriot Hospital have successfully transplanted frozen ovaries into infertile sheep that then gave birth to healthy lambs.

The American envoy James Pardew held crisis talks with Macedonian leaders yesterday as ethnic tension rose after police detained the rector of an unofficial Albanian university over links to guerrillas.

The Times

There are those who believe that the ability to rub along with other people is an art, but Charles T. Hill of Whittier College believes it is science that can help lead to a contented middle age.

Miscellany

The government announced the first national targets for 14-year-olds yesterday - and was promptly warned by head teachers not to "ram through" the reforms in the face of teacher shortages. ( Financial Times ,  Guardian , Times )

Women who want to reduce their children's risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, need to improve their own diet long before they become pregnant, according to scientists at Southampton University. ( Daily Telegraph , Daily Telegraph )

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