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October 12, 2001

Energy research review launched
David King, the government’s chief scientific adviser, has launched a review of energy research and development. An open meeting will be held on Monday October 29 at the Engineering Employers Federation.

Footballer supports anti-racism week
Ex-Liverpool and England footballer John Barnes and sports minister Richard Caborn are launching  National Anti-Racism in Football Week at Sheffield Hallam University today.

Scots qualifications body to be reformed
The Scottish Executive has published a draft bill to reform the troubled Scottish Qualifications Authority. It will hold consultations across the country on streamlining the SQA’s board and setting up a new advisory council, including college, school and parents’ group representatives.

Rise in Scots applying for college
Scotland’s latest student awards statistics show a steady growth in the number of students taking full-time higher education courses in further education colleges. Numbers fell slightly last year, but the upward trend is now continuing with a 9.5 per cent increase.

Term-time jobs drag down poor students
Students from poor families are seeing their studies suffer as they are forced to work during term time, research confirmed today. The pressure created a “circle of decline” affecting both them and the universities they attended, said Hilary Metcalf, of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.   

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