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October 12, 2004

Scots warned of looming cash crisis
Scotland's universities were warned last night that they must adopt a more business-like approach if they are to avoid a cash crisis. A study by a team of management consultants said universities should also spend more time planning for the future and creating new ways of raising income. The warnings came as the higher education sector in Scotland prepares to cope with the introduction of top-up fees in England and a dwindling numbers of students from overseas. The survey, by the accounting and consultancy agency RSM Robson Rhodes, found Scottish universities were too dependent on the income derived from international students.

No date for Oxford lab protest verdict
A High Court decision in the application by Oxford University for a wide-ranging injunction against animal rights groups and individual campaigners will be given at an unspecified later date. After the close of evidence on Friday, Mr Justice Grigson injured his back and final submissions will be made in writing.
Financial Times

Pair awarded Nobel prize
Finn Kydland, a Norwegian working in the US, and Edward Prescott, a professor at Arizona State University, were yesterday awarded the Nobel prize for economics for trying to solve some of the biggest puzzles in their field.

Why spend £20m on the RAE?
Peter Knight, vice-chancellor of the University of Central England, writes that the 2008 university research assessment exercise is a waste of money. He says that he can tell you the results for free. And if he is less than 95 per cent correct, he will resign.

Keen eye on a new FE landscape
Higher Education Minister Kim Howells talks of his plans for the "incredibly vital" college sector.

Straight bat on a sticky wicket
Interview with John Hood, who takes over as Oxford University vice-chancellor amid ongoing arguments over widening access and the threat posed by animal rights activists.

Paper tiger
Geoffrey Alderman, senior vice-president of American InterContinental University, London, says that the proposed voluntary list of "approved" institutions misses a vital chance to clamp down on bogus universities.

The making of a defiant moderate
David Cesarani discusses why scholarship about Jewish history does not necessarily lead to pessimism.

Cambridge pioneer dies
Dame Rosemary Murray, the first woman vice-chancellor of Cambridge University, has died, aged 91.

Cramming class
John Lucas, British Academy fellow comments on Oxford admissions examinations.
Daily Telegraph

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