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June 18, 2003

Graduates settle for secretarial jobs
More than a third of the UK's university graduates cannot find a job or have to settle for one as a secretary, clerk or sales assistant, figures published by the government showed yesterday.
(Daily Telegraph)

Job fall for degree holders
The proportion of new graduates who were jobless when they left university rose to 7 per cent last year from 6 per cent in 2000-01, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

IVF breakthrough may help older women avoid miscarriages
A new technique for screening embryos that will dramatically improve the chances of older women having babies has been unveiled by scientists at the Centre for Assisted Reproduction at Park Hospital near Nottingham.
(Independent, Daily Telegraph)

Turbine trial offers new hope for clean energy
The world's first underwater rotating turbine that uses tidal energy to generate electricity has been installed off the coast of Devon. The idea was the brainchild of Peter Fraenkel, a visiting professor at Southampton University's civil and environmental engineering department.

GM seeds 'could be carried miles on peoples' shoes'
Moves to prevent genetically modified crops from contaminating neighbouring fields are likely to prove futile, the Royal Society has warned.
(Daily Mail)

Smoking and drug abuse linked to genes
People who drink, smoke and take drugs could be more driven by their genes than was previously realised, according to research by Cancer Research UK scientists at Oxford University.
(Independent, Times)

Students left in limbo over axed university course
Forty students offered places at University College London to study podiatry in September have been told the course has been cancelled.

Chelsea completes course
Chelsea Clinton celebrated after taking the final exam for her master's degree at Oxford University yesterday. Bill Clinton's 23-year old daughter, who read international relations at University College, is expected to join a consultancy firm in New York.
(Times, Daily Telegraph)   

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