Update: 12:40

June 26, 2002

Lecturers lobby MPs ahead of spending review
Staff from the Association of University Teachers and Natfhe, the lecturers' union, are lobbying MPs at Westminster today about pay. They are trying to get the issue on to the agenda before next month's comprehensive spending review.

Classics department to close at Queen's Belfast
Queen's University Belfast is to close its classics department, which has been in operation since 1849, as part of its restructuring plan. Neither Latin nor Greek will be available to students in Northern Ireland despite a passionate appeal from Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney.

£3m boost to widen opportuities in Scots FE
The Scottish Further Education Funding Council is giving Scotland's colleges an extra £3 million over the next two years to widen opportunities. The colleges will use the fund to implement the recommendations of the Beattie report on meeting the range of extra support needs to encourage young people to enter post-16 education.

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