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March 3, 2004

Warwick enters £25m business partnership
Corus, the steelmaker, is to invest £25 million in a research and development partnership with Warwick University to pioneer techniques in automotive materials. Warwick has been at the forefront of a push for universities to take commercial activity as seriously as research and teaching.
(Financial Times )

Minister backs US-style school graduations
The school standards minister, David Miliband, yesterday backed the introduction of a US-style graduation ceremony as an important "rite of passage" for English pupils who finish their secondary education at 18. He said such ceremonies would not be compulsory but that he wanted to encourage education authorities and schools to consider the idea. Addressing the same conference, Ken Boston, chief executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, said plans to "decouple" AS and A2 exams as a first step towards a new exam system could be in place as early as 2006.
( Guardian )

Clarke backs calls for six-term school year
The government is backing plans for the most radical shake-up of the school year in more than 130 years of state education. Education secretary Charles Clarke has told local education authorities that he sees "positive merit" in the proposals to switch to a six-term year by September 2005.
( Independent, Times )

Lesson in classroom strategy to produce quality staff
David Rhodes, a former lecturer at Leeds University who set up his own successful business, welcomes Gordon Brown's interest in trying to help the development of science-based companies that feed off ideas from academic institutions. But he says many government efforts are misguided and the focus should be switched to the supply of qualified people in science-based subjects. ( Financial Times )

The science of spending money successfully
Commentator Hamish McRae says that the history of government policy on university funding over the past ten years should make us suspicious of any plans that it develops for their science research.
( Independent )

Obituary : Christopher Ryan, the distinguished medieval historian and, latterly, dean of King's College, Cambridge, died on February 20 aged 60. ( Guardian )

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