Update: 11:50

June 25, 2002

Lords told spending review will address academic pay
Academic pay will be addressed by next month's spending review, a senior Labour peer has said. Lord Davies of Oldham, a government whip, told the Lords yesterday that academic pay, which has declined over the past 15 years relative to comparable groups such as teachers, was an issue. He said that it must be considered significant in the spending review and that this was exactly what the government intended to do. Lord Davies, a former chairman of the Further Education Funding Council, also said that universities has been "somewhat tardy" in addressing issues of equal pay for women. He said that he might have expected higher education to be a trailblazer on issues of equal pay.

Healthy diet helps young offenders
Feeding young prisoners cabbages, carrots and other fresh vegetables can help cut the number of offences they commit by more than a quarter, it was claimed today. A study by researchers at the University of Surrey found that adding vitamins, minerals and other nutritional elements to the diets of young offenders "remarkably" reduced their anti-social behaviour.

Gerontology society opens branch in Glasgow
Margaret Curran, Scotland's minister for social justice, is the keynote speaker at today's launch of the Scottish branch of the British Society of Gerontology at Glasgow Caledonian University. Mary Gilhooly, BSG president, said: "The Scottish group will provide a forum where professionals can share information about the care of the elderly much more easily."

Taking a butchers at Norfolk Neanderthals
Archaeologists were today unveiling what could be the best-preserved Neanderthal butchery site to be found in Britain. An excavation at the May Gurney quarry in Mundford, Norfolk, has revealed 50,000-year-old flint tools and mammoth remains including enormous teeth, tusks more than six feet long and parts of at least three mammoth skeletons.

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