A sneak preview of next year's news stories
Education ministers are enrolling as mature students as part of education secretary David Blunkett's plans to set a good lifelong learning example.
Further and higher education minister Baroness Blackstone will study auto engineering at Birkbeck College, where she used to be master. Lifelong learning minister Malcolm Wicks will undertake research on why England's rugby and cricket teams consistently underperform. And Mr Blunkett will join evening classes in canine psychology.