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January 10, 2002

London Metroplitan University mooted
London Metropolitan University is the preferred name for the institution created by the merger of London Guildhall University and the University of North London, it emerged last night. The name will now be subject to further consultation and consideration by the Privy Council.

Mature student applications dwindle
The fewest ever UK mature applicants were accepted to full-time degree courses in 2000, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. The data suggest that while HND courses were successful in attracting more mature students, "accessibility to higher education in general [was] becoming more difficult for this cohort".

Job security tops graduate wish lists
The uncertain economic climate is having an impact on graduate careers and salaries, a survey of employers has found. Increases in starting salaries are slowing down, vacancies have fallen and graduates are choosing careers with job security, according to a report for the Association of Graduate Recruiters.

Edinburgh centre to fight infectious diseases
Edinburgh University has launched a multidisciplinary centre of excellence with 150 researchers to tackle infectious diseases that kill 13 million people and millions of domestic animals each year.

Ireland's university population shrinking
Ireland’s seven universities will be hit by an anticipated 36 per cent drop in school-leaver numbers, from 74,000 in 1998 to 47,000 in 2012, a report commissioned by the Higher Education Authority and the Conference of Heads of Irish Universities has warned.

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