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November 12, 2003


King's College, Cambridge, suspends bursar
The financial manager at one of the UK's most prestigious university colleges has been suspended, it emerged today. Officials at Cambridge University would give no reasons for the suspension of Roger Salmon, bursar of King's College. A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire police said she was not aware that Mr Salmon was the subject of any police investigation. The college is reported to have a budget deficit of more than £1 million. Mr Salmon, a former merchant banker and Cambridge graduate, became bursar three years ago after working as the government's rail franchise director, responsible for the transfer of all passenger rail services to the private sector.
( Guardian, Times, Press Association )

Cambridge post for MI6 spy chief
Sir Richard Dearlove, the current head of MI6 was elected Master of Pembroke College Cambridge yesterday, resuming an association between the university and spies that dates back as far as Christopher Marlowe.
( Daily Telegraph, Times, Guardian )

Poorer students will escape £3,000 fees
Students from wealthier families will be the only ones to pay the £3,000 tuition fee at university, Alan Johnson, minister for higher education has admitted. He denied that higher charges were aimed solely at the middle classes, but acknowledged that the government was concentrating on ensuring that poorer students were exempt from fees. Meanwhile, tensions emerged in the Conservative Party over its pledge to abolish tuition fees for all students. Supporters fear that the policy may be ditched after Michael Howard, the new Tory leader, replaced Damian Green with Tim Yeo as Shadow Education Secretary. One senior Tory said: "They seem more interested in pacifying university vice-chancellors than winning the support of 5 million voters."
( Times )

Howard stands firm in opposing top-up fees
Michael Howard is expected to maintain the Tories' opposition to the government's plans to allow universities to charge top-up fees of up to £3,000 a year. After a day of confusing signals from the new Tory leadership and mounting speculation of a U-turn, the Opposition made clear last night it would stick to the policy agreed under Iain Duncan Smith.
( Independent )

It needn't hurt to stay healthy, say scientists
A study at the University of Massachusetts has found that very moderate levels of exercise do not leave people tired or out of breath and can be very beneficial to the unfit or obese. Kyle McInniss, who presented the results, said: "A large segment of the population still believes exercise must be vigorous. This can discourage people from starting to exercise at all."
( Times )

Blaine's stunt helps researchers
David Blaine's 44-day fast in a glass box in London will give doctors rare information on the effects of starvation and malnourishment, Jeremy Powell-Tuck, the specialist who treated him said yesterday. Blaine's weight dropped by per cent during the event.
( Guardian )

FT understanding entrepreneurship supplement
Ideas from ivory towers: British scientists need better access to funding networks and business expertise if their work is to be commercially successful · Researcher with an eye for business: Profile of Andy Hopper, professor of communication engineering at the University of Cambridge. · Lending a helping hand: The government has launched the Higher Education Innovation Fund to help finance academic spin-outs.
( Financial Times )

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