Update: 12:15

October 8, 2002

Low salaries drive FE lecturers into schools
Low salaries are driving lecturers out of further education colleges and into better-paid jobs in schools or the private sector, principals said today. A survey by the Association of Colleges shows the teaching vacancy rate is 25 per cent higher than this time last year. Principals and the main lecturers' union, at loggerheads over a 2.3 per cent pay offer, joined forces to call on the government to close the gap in teacher earnings between colleges and schools.

Air travel adds to global warming, expert says
A scientist today warned that air travel was having a major impact on the problem of global warming. Tim O'Riordan, a member of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, and a member of the Zuckerman Institute for Connective Environmental Research at the University of East Anglia, voiced his concerns during a lecture at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Aberdeen.

Soton joins forces with Royal Military College of Science
The University of Southampton has joined forces with the Royal Military College of Science to launch a scheme offering university places to those wanting a technical career in the armed forces or a civilian role within the Ministry of Defence.

Glasgow to host 2006 international parasitology conference
Glasgow has beaten off fierce competition from Düsseldorf and Bangkok to host the 2006 International Conference on Parasitology. Paul Hagan of Glasgow University's biomedical and life sciences department said he believed the bid from the British Society of Parasitology had been boosted by the strength of parasitology research in the UK, particularly in Scotland.

Oxford museum to house bio-records centre
A biological records centre housing data on natural habitats and species is to be established at Woodstock Museum in Oxford. English Nature has offered a three-year grant of £60,000 to establish an archive for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire at the museum.

Bolivian students on hunger strike

Students at Bolivia's second-largest university, the Universidad Mayor de San Simón in Cochabamba, are on hunger strike while others besieged several faculties for 14 days in protest at a refusal to recognise the student front after it won local university federation elections in August.

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