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January 11, 2005

Graduate salaries average £21,997
Graduate salaries for recruitment to large organisations this year have risen to an average of £21,997, the latest edition of the Graduate Prospects directory showed today. The highest pay, of up to £36,000 a year, was being offered to graduate trainees in management consultancy, banking and retail management.
Financial Times

More cash for part-time students
Kim Howells, minister for higher education, has announced increased financial help for part-time students in higher education. Under the new scheme, to be introduced in September, the maximum financial support available to help students pay their fees will increase from £575 to £840 a year.
Evening Standard

Medics argue over PC
A "dreadful political correctness" is hampering medical training, says the dean-elect of the UK's first private medical school. Nonsense, says the British Medical Association, which wants more "non-traditional" medical students.
British Medical Journal

Mind the gap
MPs say the disparity between college and school funding is not being addressed urgently enough. "It makes no sense that a student undertaking a course at a further education college should, other things being equal, be less well-funded than a student taking the same course at a local school," says the Commons select committee on education.

Newby pushes sustainable agenda
Howard Newby explains why the universities' funding council is today publishing an action plan for sustainable development.

Chinese whispers
Colleges have noted a sharp drop in foreign student numbers. Is the weak dollar to blame?

Monkeys point way to treatment for HIV
The discovery of a genetic difference between rhesus monkeys and humans may help find a way to stop HIV infection developing into Aids, researchers said yesterday. British scientists funded by the Medical Research Council say they have identified a gene that prevents the rhesus monkey from getting infected by the HIV virus. Rhesus monkeys can be infected by a monkey form of HIV, SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus), but not by HIV itself.

How to lose weight the easy way: go to sleep for longer
Sleeping for an extra 20 minutes each night could offer a pain-free way to lose weight, scientists suggested on Monday. Insufficient sleep is linked with changes in hormone levels that may stimulate appetite. A series of studies in recent months have shown that the less people sleep, the heavier they tend to be.

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