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February 7, 2002

More power for Cambridge v-c in proposed reform
Cambridge University is to beef up the powers of its vice-chancellor and water down the traditional democratic role of its community of scholars as part of major constitutional reform. A consultation on the reforms was launched this week amid criticism that the university is wiping out 800 years of democratic self-governance. The elected council will be expanded to include external members.
PGCE take-up rising
There has been a 23 per cent rise in graduates applying to train as teachers for the year to January 25 , according to the Graduate Teacher Training Registry. There were rises of 79 per cent rise in the numbers applying to do postgraduate certificates in education in technology, 45 per cent in the numbers applying to train as English teachers, 29 per cent for maths, 13 per cent for science and 8 per cent for languages.

Lord Sainsbury shows Respect
A campaign to get more African-Caribbean children interested in science, engineering and technology was launched today. Science minister Lord Sainsbury joined black scientists at London's Science Museum for the start of the Respect campaign, aimed at putting eight to 14-year-olds in touch with African-Caribbean scientists and engineers who could act as mentors and role models.

Boris and Max debate at Oxford Union
MP and journalist Boris Johnson and publicist Max Clifford debate whether the media has more power than politicians at Oxford University Union tonight.

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