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January 31, 2005

£10m loss threatens future of Cambridge, report warns
Cambridge University has issued a warning that an increase in tuition fees to £3,000 a year will not be enough to safeguard its future. Academics will be told that the university faces years of financial deficits that threaten its world-class status and possible cuts in government funding.
The Times

Five years' jail for extremists in lab threats
Jail sentences of up to five years await animal rights extremists who attempt to drive research groups and their suppliers out of business, under groundbreaking legislation that will be disclosed by the Government today.
The Times, Daily Telegraph

£46K victor brings new race claim
A US-born academic who has already cost British taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds in legal fees in serial race discrimination claims has taken another university to an employment tribunal. Suresh Deman has bought more than 20 such cases. Now he is accusing a lecturer at Bradford University of being "racially biased and professionally dishonest".
Daily Express

Visa rules hurting US, warns Gates
Bill Gates says the tough US visa regime has caused a decline in numbers of foreign computer science students so severe it is threatening to undermine America's position in the global software industry. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Microsoft chairman, whose company is one of the world's biggest employers of international computer talent, branded the fall in student numbers a “disaster”.
Financial Times

Brown pledge to pay gap year volunteers
Gordon Brown will urge young people today to give up backpacking in their gap year and offer them cash to stay in Britain to help disabled people and the environment. The chancellor will launch a programme to raise volunteer numbers by 1 million to 4 million and will appeal for business sponsors.
The Guardian, Financial Times, Daily Mirror

From the weekend papers

  • Chicago University to open campus in Britain. Sunday Telegraph
  • Irish bid to curb 'fee refugee' students. Sunday Times
  • Oxford's vice-chancellor argues that it is beneficial to admit more foreign students. Sunday Times
  • Students to take to the streets to highlight mental health problems at university. Mail on Sunday
  • Animal rights activists protest against Oxford animal lab. News of the World



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