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June 16, 2003

Cambridge v-c calls for £6,000 fees
The £3,000 cap on student tuition fees should be raised to £6,000, according to Sir Alec Broers, the outgoing vice-chancellor of Cambridge University. Sir Alec’s intervention increases pressure on the government to remove the cap.
(Financial Times)

Oxford graduate ‘too posh’ to teach
An Oxford University graduate and former public-school girl claims she was rejected for a teacher-training course for being ‘too posh’. Amber Rust was turned down for a course at Goldsmiths College, University of London, after being told she had not reflected enough on the difference between her background and the reality of inner-city comprehensives.
(Daily Mail)

BAE strikes £60m deal with Loughborough
BAE Systems is to pump £60 million into a training collaboration with Loughborough University. The aerospace and defence group hopes the initiative will help improve its competitiveness and enhance the skills base in the East Midlands.
(Financial Times)

US accused of encouraging student protests in Iran
Protest against the mullah’s rule spread across Iran yesterday, despite violence from pro-regime militants who smashed their way into university dormitories and attacked students leaving at least one person dead. Iran has accused the US of meddling in its internal affairs and deliberately stirring up protests.
(The Independent, The Guardian)

Nottingham offers business scholarships
Nottingham University Business School is offering ten scholarships for its MBA in corporate social responsibility, which begins this autumn.
(Financial Times)

Oxford Union cuts fees for poor
Oxford Union is cutting membership fees for poorer students by a third. Freshers whom cannot afford tuition fees will pay £95 instead of the full £160 for lifetime membership of the debating society, which has attracted such high-profile guests as Michael Jackson and the Dalai Lama.
(Daily Telegraph)

Scottish law professor is publishing sensation
Edinburgh University law professor Alexander McCall has become a publishing sensation in the US, where his African-based detective novel, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency , has sold more than 1 million copies in nine months.
(Independent)

Business graduates get helping hand
The tough economic climate has spurred business schools to find new ways to help their students find work.
(Financial Times)   

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