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August 13, 2004

Fees deter 70,000 students
Nearly 70,000 school-leavers will not go to university as a result of the Government's new tuition fees, according to research released today. Researchers questioned 750 parents of children under 15, and 750 undergraduates for The Children's Mutual, a financial specialist for parents. One-third of parents said fees of £3,000, to be introduced in 2006, may affect their children's chances of getting a higher education. One in fourteen said that the higher fees will definitely stop their children from going to university.

Students warned of delays in loan cash
Late applicants for student loans were warned yesterday that their money might not arrive in time for the start of the autumn term. Glitches in a computer system introduced by the Student Loans Company have left local education authorities struggling even to process the 600,000 forms received before the July 2 deadline. LEAs say they have a nine-week backlog as problems with the system have drawn out the three weeks needed to process a claim to around seven weeks.
Financial Times, Guardian, Daily Mail

Young graduates get the work blues
A substantial minority of graduates in their twenties and thirties are disillusioned and bored with their jobs, and nearly half complain about the lack of intellectual challenge, according to a survey carried out for the Teacher Training Agency published yesterday. Sixty per cent of the under-35-year-old graduates polled said they had been unable to make full use of their degree. This figure rose to 86 per cent among those who had studied maths. Even among those with a degree in modern languages, the proportion who said they were not making full use of their skills was 44 per cent.
Daily Telegraph, Times

Science can already slow global warming
Global warming could be contained for 50 years using technology that already exists, American scientists say. A study from Princeton University says that we already have the technical knowhow to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would prevent damaging climate change. The research identifies 15 options for cutting carbon dioxide emissions. Athough none of the technologies could tackle global warming alone, implementing just seven together would do enough to solve the problem for a generation.

Museum scraps fee for Sudan
The British Museum is responding to the crisis in the Darfur province of western Sudan by scrapping the £5 admission charge for its forthcoming archaeological exhibition on Ancient Sudan and asking visitors to make a contribution to aid agencies in the wartorn country instead.

Larkin the mimic on tape
Philip Larkin's talent for mimicry has been preserved in a recording found at the University of Leicester. The tape's discovery coincides with the discovery of an unpublished poem, announced earlier this week.

£60K Dylan Thomas prize announced
An international literary prize worth £60,000 is to be launched in memory of Dylan Thomas this autumn. The award in creative literature in English will be open to writers under the age of 30.
Financial Times

Extent of UK urban drug addiction exposed
The number of young people and adults injecting illegal drugs in major cities is as high as 1-in-50, according to researchers from Imperial College London and Liverpool John Moores University.
Daily Express

Donald Freshwater, founding head of chemical engineering at Loughborough University, died on August 2 2004, aged 80.

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