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December 10, 2004

Oxford and Cambridge top world league for science
Cambridge and Oxford are the best universities in the world for science, according to a global survey of academics published in The Times Higher Education Supplement . Cambridge was top of the league table of 100 universities, well ahead of Oxford and third-placed Harvard. Imperial College, London, was ranked tenth.
Times , Times Higher Education Supplement

Clarke admits tensions over international students
Education Secretary Charles Clarke has admitted there are tensions within the Government about how to treat foreign nationals coming to Britian to study. He hinted that he opposed Home Office plans to raise the charges for student visas, which have been attacked by university chiefs as damaging to their attempts to maintain and grow the large numbers of foreign nationals, who bring in crucial income.
Financial Times

University incubator hit by EU rule
Campus Ventures, one of the biggest and most successful university incubators, has been forced into administration after Government auditors ruled that it was no longer eligible for grants from the European Regional Development Fund.
Financial Times

Extremist animal rights activists pose main threat to economy
Animal rights extremists now pose one of the most serious threats to Britain's economy because of rising intimidation of individual companies, according to a new analysis of terrorist risks.

Honorary degree returned in protest at music cuts
Evelyn Glennie, the celebrated percussionist, is to send her honorary degree back to Exeter University in protest at the closure of its music department.
Independent , Guardian

Jarvis sale signals PFI exit
Jarvis, the troubled support services company that has debts of over £240 million, is to sell four of the 14 private initiative construction projects that it runs, one of which is student residences at Lancaster University.
Financial Times

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