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July 8, 2002

Learners lured by coffee and jazz
Making education available in informal settings such as coffee lounges and shopping centres, and through social gatherings such as jazz evenings, is more likely to attract new learners and widen participation than initiatives targeting formal learning, researchers have found. Evidence gathered by the Learning and Skills Development Agency shows that people who were put off education at school usually return to learn through community-based routes.

Edinburgh to launch bursary scheme for chemists
The School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh will commemorate the life and work of one of its foremost educators by launching a bursary scheme in October to support 8 - 15 postgraduate studentships over the next five years. A bequest was made to the department of £246,000 by Dr Christina Miller – a leading analytical chemist of her generation – who died on July 16 last year, six weeks before her 102nd birthday.

Southampton publishes history to mark its jubilee
The University of Southampton is marking its golden jubilee this year by publishing a history of the institution. The hardback book covers the period from the founding of the Harley Institution in 1862, through its development to a university college, to the foundation of a university in 1952 and to the modern day.

Pakistan election candidates must hold degree
Far-reaching changes to Pakistan's constitution introduced by President Pervez Musharraf require parliamentary candidates to hold a university degree. The changes have been condemned by opposition groups as an attempt to secure power.

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