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October 16, 2001

Former QAA boss issues accountability warning
Ex-quality assurance chief John Randall has warned that consumers are demanding accountability from universities after a series of scandals surrounding the United Kingdom’s railways, hospitals and food industry. Mr Randall, who headed the Quality Assurance Agency until August, was addressing a meeting of the international students' organisation ESIB in Coventry.

Postgraduate supervisor-support scheme extended
A scheme to provide improved training, recognition and support for supervisors of postgraduate students is to be extended to all United Kingdom institutions after a successful three-year pilot at the Institute for Animal Health, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has announced.

Bid to boost number of female IT workers
The government has launched an initiative to get more women working in the information technology sector, where only one in five workers is female. Female graduate computer scientists earn an average wage of £17,000 compared with £14,000 among all female graduates.

Fund set up for Gaelic-speaking trainee teachers
Gaelic-speaking trainee teachers have access to a new travel fund for placements in the Western Isles while they study at Strathclyde University. The Scottish Executive and the Western Isles council are underwriting the scheme until 2003.    

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