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February 6, 2002

Learning disability website launched
Health minister Jacqui Smith will launch a website today that aims to combat medical discrimination against people with Down's syndrome and other learning disabilities. The site, created by the Down’s Syndrome Association and St George's Hospital Medical School in London, will provide a broad range of information for medical students and health professionals.

Politicians want archaeological heritage protection
Peers and MPs want action to protect Britain's archaeological heritage, under threat from house building and farming, according to the All-Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group. The politicians were alerted by the largest known survey of the sector, compiled by more than 250 individuals and organisations, ranging from university departments to local societies.

Glasgow students oppose accommodation sale
Glasgow University students have presented a 1,000-signature petition against the university’s planned sale of half of its halls of residence to a housing association. The university said that the move could raise up to £40 million and rent increases would be restricted.

City-centre campus mooted for Belfast Institute
Plans are going ahead for a private finance initiative scheme to underwrite a purpose-built city-centre campus for the Belfast Institute for Further and Higher Education, Carmel Hanna, Northern Ireland’s minister for employment and learning, has confirmed.

150m Silver dollars for New York University
Julius Silver, a lawyer and former chairman of the executive committee of Polaroid who died aged 101 last month, has left $150 million (£106 million) to New York University to endow about 150 faculty chairs over the next 25 years.

eBay chief donates $30m to Princeton
Online auction site eBay chief executive Meg Whitman and her family have given Princeton University $30 million (£21 million) to build a new residential college for extra 500 students.


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