From today's UK papers

September 17, 2001

Financial Times

Waikato Management School in New Zealand has joined forces with a software venture to launch spin-off businesses.

The London Business School and Columbia Business School are extending their executive education alliance with the launch of a two-week programme in Japan next year.

The Barcelona-based business school Iese has announced further collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

A $2m (£1.4m) gift from the John M Olin Foundation to the Olin School of Business at Washington University will endow a chair in business, law and economics.

The Wharton School of Pennsylvania has established a learning laboratory thanks to a $10m gift from an alumnus.


Martin Evans of Cardiff University and two American colleagues share the £35,000 Lasker award for 2001 for work that led to "designer mice" with cystic fibrosis, cancer and other human diseases.


David Hargreaves, head of the government's exams watchdog, is siding with critics who claim that state-school pupils are over-tested and over-examined.

An alarming picture of young people struggling against ever-increasing pressures to make the most of their lives is painted in a report out today from the Henley Centre. The report says that young people born between 1978 and 1993 have more opportunities than previous generations and, in general, are more affluent, confident and ambitious.

Thousands of teachers are out of work and seeking jobs despite the severe recruitment crisis in schools, according to government figures obtained by The Independent .

Daily Mail

More state-school pupils are winning places at top universities following chancellor Gordon Brown's angry intervention in the Laura Spence case. When the academic year starts next month some universities will take 10 per cent more students from comprehensives than last year.

Women who use hair dye for 20 years or more could be doubling their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, say researchers at Linkoping University, Sweden.

Daily Telegraph

Only 35 per cent of the public believe that services such as health and education will be better by 2005, according to a Local Government Association survey.

A pregnant monkey whose placenta cells glow green in ultraviolet light has been created by scientists at the University of Wisconsin, marking another step towards the routine use of GM primates to develop treatments for human diseases.

Aids will have claimed the lives of more than 6 million South Africans - a fifth of the population - by 2010, the country's medical research council reported yesterday.


International schools in the English tradition are abandoning AS levels after their "shambolic" introduction and switching to the baccalaureate system.

Prince William is expected to join 1,300 other first-year students attending fresher's week at St Andrews University tomorrow.

The most comprehensive analysis yet of the effects of GM maize on the monarch butterfly, carried out at the University of Illinois, found that the risk to the insect is negligible.

Beetles, worms and lice are causing such damage to historic manuscripts and other objects that the British Library has organised a conference to try and find a solution.


Department of Trade and Industry annual R&D scoreboard

The threat of recession did not stop the world's largest companies committing substantially more funds to research and development last year. (Financial Times)
Britain continues to lag far behind rival economies in terms of spending on research and development, investing at only half the rate of its international competitors. (Independent)

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