From today's UK papers

November 2, 2001

First-class blunders cost Cambridge £10m
Cambridge is so badly managed and governed that its botched attempt to introduce a new computerised accounting system has wasted £10 million of public money and almost brought the university to its knees, said two reports published yesterday. ( Independent , Daily Telegraph , Guardian , Financial Times )

£100m wasted on drop-out teachers 
Four out of ten students recruited to teacher training either dropped out before they completed the course or passed and did not enter the profession, researchers commissioned by the National Union of Teachers discovered. ( Independent , Daily Telegraph , Guardian , Times )

Graduates working as waiters and clerks
Nearly 95 per cent of new graduates who want a job find one within six months but a third of the jobs they take do not require a degree, says a report published by the Careers Services Unit yesterday. Five years later, a fifth of graduates are still in "non-professional level employment" - working as clerks, secretaries, retail assistants, or catering, waiting and bar staff. ( Daily Telegraph )

BBC to cut documentary unit staff
The BBC is cutting 5 per cent of staff at its documentary and specialist programme unit. Almost 130 jobs will go at the factual and learning division, which produces programmes such as Omnibus and The Blue Planet . ( Financial Times )

Cod liver oil may prevent diabetes
Regular doses of cod liver oil and sunlight could help to prevent childhood diabetes, new research suggests. A study of more than 12,000 families by the Institute of Child Health has found that vitamin D supplements lower the risk of insulin dependent, or type 1, diabetes. ( Daily Telegraph )

Dance music proves deadly to drugged mice
Scientists at Cambridge University were criticised yesterday for subjecting drugged mice to fatal doses of loud dance music. Forty mice were forced to listen to The Prodigy at high volume. Seven died. ( Daily Telegraph )

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