From today's UK papers

August 13, 2001

Financial Times

Laura d'Andrea Tyson, former head of the Council of Economic Advisers to President Bill Clinton, is leaving Haas School of Business in Berkeley, California, to be dean of London Business School.

Despite the furore over the new AS levels, employers insist A levels are as important as ever and want to see them prominently displayed on graduates' CVs.

Risks posed by climate change could undermine fund managers' ability to provide pensions through long-term investments, according to one of Britain's largest pension funds, the Universities Superannuation Scheme.
 
Special feature on business education, with news from business schools worldwide.

Guardian

University of Massachusetts researchers say the spending power of gay men is a myth: they earn substantially less than heterosexual counterparts.

One of the celebrated books of African exploration, by H M Stanley, was redrafted by a ghost writer to promote a view of a "dark continent" desperately in need of colonisation, researchers at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, have concluded.

In the first of two extracts from his new book, John Sutherland (professor of English at University College London) describes his descent into alcoholism in the early 1980s.

Independent

Doctors in South Africa and the United States are to launch the first human trials of an Aids vaccine that uses the Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus as a carrier. Other vaccines are already on trial in Uganda and Kenya.

"Go Higher" guide for mature students.

Times

O levels are enjoying a worldwide surge in popularity, 14 years after they were replaced by GCSEs in England and Wales. Foreign candidates, who can still sit papers set by the international arm of English examination boards, are taking them in increasing numbers.

Lisa Hall, 21, achieved six A grades at A level and could have had her pick of British universities. But only Nottingham Trent offered the film and television design course that she believed would help her to fulfil her ambition of winning an Oscar by the age of 30.

Left-handed people are twice as likely to suffer from inflammatory bowel disease as right-handed people, scientists at University College London have found.

The Sorbonne, once France's most renowned university, has been denounced in an independent investigation of its decision to award a sociology doctorate to astrologer Elisabeth Teissier.

Botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are scouring the world on a mission to build up a seed bank of one tenth of the Earth's flora by 2010.

Miscellany

Research offering the first real hope of a future cure for Alzheimer's disease is to be published today. Part of the work was done at King's College London. ( Guardian , Independent )

A-level results: This week's A-level results provide some students with a passport to university, but the thought of taking on loans puts off many poorer applicants ( Guardian ). A record 414,893 students are seeking higher education places this autumn, up 2.5 per cent on last year ( Independent ). Teenagers waiting for examination results this week will enjoy the easiest-yet route to a degree place, as universities and colleges struggle to fill a record number of places ( Times ).

 

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