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February 20, 2002

Students march against hardship
Thousands of students marched through the streets of London today as new figures showed that many undergraduates would be better off on the dole. The National Union of Students demo aimed to highlight student hardship, which means that after paying their rent, thousands of students are expected to live on £29 a week. Young people on benefits can expect to have £42 a week left after their rent is paid.

Nottingham takes pole position
Nottingham is Britain's most popular university in terms of total student applications received. It received 46,686 applications compared with its nearest rival Leeds, which received 44,893. Luton University saw the biggest percentage fall of per cent from from 7,206 applications last year to 5,231, according to figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

On the buses for Scottish sleep study
More than 3,000 Scottish bus drivers are being asked to take part in an Edinburgh University study into the link between sleepiness and road accidents. Neil Douglas, a leading expert in the disorder sleep apnoea, is heading the research which could improve road safety.

Student wins Australia's first Winter Olympic gold
Griffith University leisure management student Steven Bradbury this week became Australia's first Winter Olympic gold medallist. The short-track speedskater triumphed in Saturday's 1,000-metre final when the four racers in front of him crashed on the final bend.

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