Update: 12:30

August 8, 2002

Officials play down £30 weekly student grants
Education Department officials were today playing down reports that students whose parents have annual incomes of under £30,000 are to be given grants worth around £30 a week.
The Times today reported that education allowances set to be paid from 2004 to students aged 16 to 18 from less well-off families who stay on at school were to be extended to undergraduates. The paper said that agreement had been reached between education secretary Estelle Morris and chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown on the scheme.
But a Department for Education spokesman said that a review into student financing ordered by Tony Blair was not due to report until the autumn. No decisions on changes to the funding system would be made until then, said the spokesman, who dismissed today’s reports as "speculation".

140 A-level scripts sent to wrong address
The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance apologised today after it sent 140 A-level scripts to the wrong address. It promised that the information technology papers will have been marked in time for candidates to get their grades next Thursday. The exam boards say that with millions more entries to process following the introduction of AS-levels in 2000, occasional mistakes are inevitable.

British Library staff stage second pay walkout
British Library staff have begun a further two-day strike today over a pay dispute. Bosses said they were hoping services would be unaffected by the industrial action at the Document Supply Centre in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire.

Dundee colleagues head Cancer Research fundraiser
Dundee University's deputy principal David Boxer, and David Marr, janitor of its Wellcome Trust biocentre, tomorrow lead a 170-mile cycle challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The biocentre has one of the biggest concentrations of scientists in the world working on the causes of cancer and its potential cures.

Seville sit-in halted by police
Spanish police have ended a two-month sit-in at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville by illegal immigrants from North Africa. About 120 illegal immigrants remained out of a peak of 400 who had demanded permission to work in Spain.

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