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October 10, 2005

Oxford plans to be world leader in business education
Oxford University is bidding to become a world leader in management education by amalgamating all its business school programmes under the Saïd Business School brand. John Hood, the university's vice-chancellor, said the move was designed to give Oxford a "full service" business school, with undergraduate, graduate, MBA and non-degree programmes. This would help the business school compete internationally against the likes of Harvard, Stanford and Chicago in the US.
The Financial Times

£5m investment in drugs company
Scottish Enterprise has invested £5 million as part of a public-private investment in a pioneering biopharmaceutical company. The injection was made to Cyclacel, initially a spin-out company from Dundee University, through Scottish Enterprise's Co-Investment Fund. The firm will use the funding to support its research and development programme into novel drugs for the treatment of cancer and other serious disorders.
The Scotsman

Nimbas awarded university status
Nimbas Graduate School of Management in the Netherlands has been awarded university status by the Dutch Government, the first institution in the country to be elevated in this way for 20 years. "Our success in securing this status is an endorsement of our commitment to quality in management education," says Joséphine Borchert-Ansinger, founder and president of the private business school.
The Financial Times

Britain is blamed for vaccine delay as bird flu comes closer
Global preparations for an avian flu pandemic are being compromised by British delays in funding critical vaccine research, according to leading scientists. As the H5N1 virus moved closer to Europe yesterday with suspected cases among poultry in Turkey, urgent studies into improved vaccines are being held up because the Government is stalling over financial support. The Department of Health has yet to respond to detailed proposals submitted by British virologists almost eight months ago, even though the work is widely acknowledged to be desperately needed to create vaccines.
The Times

Disaster as climate probe crashes
A satellite designed by British scientists to measure how fast Earth's polar ice caps are melting crashed shortly after its launch from a Russian missile site yesterday. CryoSat , the £100 million brainchild of UK climate expert Duncan Wingham, was supposed to survey the thinning of Earth's ice caps from space. Instead, it plummeted into the Arctic Ocean at around 4.15pm. The loss is a major blow for climate research - and for Europe's ambitions to become a major space power. Last night delegates, dignitaries, and senior scientists - who had gathered at Europe's Esrin space control centre in Frascati, Italy, to celebrate CryoSat 's success - stood in grim huddles as they tried to digest the news of its fate.
The Guardian, The Observer

Majority of runaway children 'are not reported as missing'
Hundreds of parents are not reporting their children missing when they run away, according to research by York University and the Children's Society. Among the 11,000 runaways between the ages of 14 and 16, two thirds claimed their parents or carers did not report them missing to police. One in six said they were forced to sleep rough or with strangers, and one in 12 said they were hurt or harmed while away from home.
The Daily Telegraph

Bill Rammell writes in response to accusations of fact-twisting.
The Times

From the weekend's papers:


Bill Rammell has been accused of fiddling admissions statistics. The Times

A coroner has criticised Oxford rowers for withholding information. The Times, The Daily Telegraph

Business students in Oxford have landed a £2m bonus. The Times


We're losing our best young students to American Universities. Independent on Sunday

The Government's launched an ad campaign to convince potential students that top-up fees are worth it. The Sunday Express

MBA students face bullying from staff and other undergraduates. The Mail on Sunday

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