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November 30, 2000


Students anxious over fee plans
Students at Britain’s leading universities are to meet vice-chancellors today to press the case against higher tuition fees. Hamish Common, president of Imperial College student union, said: “We must ensure that students are not used as a cash cow for vice-chancellors’ spending plans.”

Large UK minority snubs science
A fifth of people in Britain are not interested in science and do not see why they should be, according to a new report by the Wellcome Trust and the Office of Science and Technology. But it also found that almost three-quarters of Britons think scientific research is necessary and should be supported by the government, even if it brings no immediate benefits.

Ex-NUS president takes AUT post
Former student leader Andrew Pakes has been appointed as the communications director for the Association of University Teachers. Mr Pakes, president of the National Union of Students from 1998 until this year, was at the forefront of the NUS campaign against differential fees.

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