From today's UK papers

September 20, 2001

The Independent

The multimillionaire economist Gavyn Davies was confirmed yesterday as the new chairman of the BBC, and agreed to resign his membership of the Labour Party amid Tory claims of cronyism.

John Randall saw his remit as the Quality Assurance Agency as holding lecturers to account and acting on behalf of students. His approach led to open war with universities. Lucy Hodges reports.

He's a Europhile who didn't back Iain Duncan Smith. Damien Green will make an interesting shadow education Spokesman, says Richard Garner.

As more and more people take up courses to add value to their jobs, Diana Hinds looks at the growth in remote-access learning.

The Times

Portillo may be Davies Deputy at BBC. Ministers may bend the strict rules governing public appointments to ensure a Conservative becomes vice-chairman of the BBC in succession to Gavyn Davies, the Labour supporter confirmed who was confirmed as chairman of the corporation yesterday.

A teacher who eloped with his 15-year-old lover was jailed yesterday by a judge who described him as "every parent's nightmare".

Surgeons at the Louis Pasteur University and Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York used a remote-controlled robot to operate on a patient on the other side of the Atlantic in the world's first example of intercontinental surgery.

Star pupils are being paid £500 each by Tomlinscote School to stay on in its sixth form in a sign of the increasing pressure faced by head teachers for their schools to excel in academic league tables.

Cults on campus: manipulative sects are targeting students, says Fleur Brennan.

The Guardian

I'm no Labour crony says BBC's new boss: Tories protest as Gavyn Davies appointment confirmed.

In a find that matches the discovery of archaeopteryx - one of the great missing links of evolution - Northeastern Ohio University researchers in Pakistan have unearthed many of the bones of the 50million-year-old Pakicetus attocki , a land-based, estuary-wading, meat-eating ancestor of the whale.

Daily Telegraph

The location of the lost city of Atlantis has been tracked down by recreating changes of sea level that took place thousands of years ago. Research at the University of Provence shows that it was on an island that sank beneath the sea nine millennia before its watery fate was described by the Greek philosopher Plato in his Timaeus and Critias dialogues.

Sunburn in childhood may make an adult more susceptible to the deadliest form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, says a study published today by the US National Cancer Institute and George Washington University.

A stretchy ceramic that can be moulded to form ball bearings, valves and other lightweight components for cars and planes has been discovered by Japan's National Institute for Materials Science.

Financial Times

Business leaders are becoming increasingly concerned that the European parliament may wreck a compromise agreement on information and consultation thrashed out by European Union member states in June.

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