Update: 12:20

September 19, 2002

A-level watchdog: most marking robust and fair
There may have been "something untoward" in the marking of some of this year's A-level examination papers, the head of the government's testing watchdog said today. But Sir William Stubbs denied that the potential problem affected all results, insisting that most students and parents could be assured that grades and the marking process were "robust and fair".

Accommodation advice for Solihull freshers
Solihull Borough Council has urged local students leaving for university for the first time to seek advice about rented accommodation. The council has suggested the freshers find a copy of Solihull Trading Standards' pamphlet Students' Guide to Safety in Rented Accommodation .

Ulster v-c criticises road and rail congestion
Ulster University's vice chancellor, Gerry McKenna, has attacked Northern Ireland's "primitive" rail network and "frustrating" road congestion at the launch of an international conference on the Belfast-Dublin corridor. Conference organiser Jim Berry said the lack of an integrated transport network was a major threat to the island's future prosperity.

Historians win £100,000 for Scots coastal archaeology
St Andrews University historians have won £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland to help local communities prevent prized historical landmarks from crumbling into the sea. The three-year project will help volunteers to record and monitor archaeological sites along the entire Scottish coast.

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