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September 1, 2003

Brunel University to set up school
A revival of the ancient tradition of university schools is being planned to raise pupils' academic performances. Steven Schwartz, vice-chancellor of Brunel University, who has been given responsibility for reforming admissions to higher education, intends to pioneer the idea by building a school on his campus. Brunel University Academy would educate more than 300 pupils aged 14 to 19 on its site at Runnymede, near Windsor. All would be taught by Brunel academics through lectures and tutorials.
(Times, Daily Mail)

Entrepreneur gives Birmingham alma mater £1m
Former Birmingham University graduate Paul Ramsay, who made a fortune in the US computer sector, will today give his alma mater a £1 million endowment in recognition of its role in equipping him for his career. The gift will help fund student bursaries and research. (Financial Times)

Nepalese students burn exam papers
Students in Nepal set fire to test papers and buildings yesterday to halt examinations in a protest against King Gyanendra's dissolution of the government last year.
(Daily Telegraph)

Indian graduates rush to be rat-catchers
In an attempt to fill their stomachs, scores of Cash-strapped Indian graduates were among more than 4,000 applicants for 42 recent vacancies for municipal jobs to hunt down rodents in Bombay. "A lucky handful made it," said Vasu Pujari, secretary of Bombay's Municipal Labour Union.
(Daily Telegraph)

UK higher education perspectives
Labour revolt expected over reforms: Charles Clarke, education secretary, will wait to see if Labour MPs can be persuaded to support top-up fees before considering whether concessions are needed to avoid defeat on the legislation (Financial Times). Taking the Mickey Mouse: Some of the worthless degrees that are making a mockery of education (Daily Mail). Making the grade: Colleges are rethinking their admissions process (Financial Times, August 30). Funding  by degrees: A guide to the steps involved in applying for scholarships, bursaries and student loans (Times, August 30).

Heart drug hailed as major lifesaver
Specialists at the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting in Vienna heard the first results of a trial of more than 7,000 patients that showed the benefit to heart patients of the drug, candesartan. According to one of the trial leaders, John McMurray of Glasgow University and the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, 40 per cent of patients diagnosed with heart failure currently died within a year. The researchers estimate that candesartan could prevent 50,000 deaths or emergency admissions in Britain.
(Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail)

Red wine reduces effects of smoking
Drinking two large glasses of red wine can counter some of the harmful effects of smoking one cigarette, according to researchers at the department of clinical therapeutics, Alexandra University Hospital, Athens. However, they found that properties of the wine other than the alcohol appeared to produce the benefit.
(Daily Telegraph)

Britain's unknown goddess unearthed
Senua, a previously unknown Romano-British goddess has been resurrected at the British Museum, patiently prised from soil-encrusted clumps of gold and corroded silver which have buried her identity for more than 1,600 years. Experts say she was probably an older Celtic goddess, worshipped at a spring on the site, who was then adopted and Romanised.

Respected historian of 18th-century America dies
Professor Esmond Wright, a leading British historian of the United States, whose acclaim as a television personality helped him to win a Glasgow by-election for the Conservatives in 1967, has died aged 87.
(Daily Telegraph)

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