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December 13, 2000

Degrees don't make tycoons
A university education does not help in the property market, a new survey suggests. Fourteen of the 20 tycoons on "The UK Property Rich List", published in the magazine BusinessAge , did not go to university.

Focus on climate threat, government told
The government was today urged to focus its disaster policies and money on curbing the threat to Britain from natural catastrophes rather than on giving aid abroad. The call came at a conference organised by the UK Natural Disaster Reduction Committee and the Hazards Forum.

Student takes GMC to tribunal
A disabled student has won the right to take the General Medical Council to an employment tribunal for not allowing her to finish training as a doctor, it emerged today. Heidi Cox, 26, claims her application to study medicine at Oxford University was blocked by the council because she uses a wheelchair.

Galbraith criticised over SQA fiasco
Former education minister Sam Galbraith failed to act decisively during the key period of the Scottish Qualifications Authority summer’s exams crisis and is no longer fit to be a minister, the Scottish Parliament heard today from nationalist shadow education spokesman Mike Russell. Galbraith is now environment minister.

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