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December 9, 2004

Jobs cull is gathering pace
Hundreds of academic jobs are being culled across Britain as smaller and middle-ranking universities restructure subject provision to compete for research cash. 
Times Higher Education Supplement

Architects win reprieve
The architecture department at Cambridge University has been reprieved after the General Board, the top academic body for the university, agreed last night to examine in further detail proposals to keep it open.
Times , Independent , Daily Telegraph

Keele plans to drop physics
Science provision in higher education came under renewed scrutiny last night after another university was accused of abandoning its physics degree.

Degrees that take you to work
Two-year foundation degrees are proving a hit with students and more popular with some employers than full honours degrees.

Breaking the glass ceiling
Traditionally, universities have been run by men. But that is changing. At Greenwich University, for instance, women bosses are in the majority.

The joys of being a postdoc
Postdoctoral scientific work is traditionally an ungrateful business, but the Government is hoping to give it new life.

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