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August 19, 2002

NUS campaign targets binge drinkers
Students were today urged to try to understand that drinking purely to get drunk is as anti-social as drink-driving. The National Union of Students (NUS) has teamed up with alcohol industry body the Portman Group to launch an anti-binge drinking campaign. Research by the group has shown that more than 1 million 18 to 24-year-olds drink to get drunk every week and the NUS said that while alcohol was an "integral part" of Freshers Week, students should act responsibly

Oxford defends rejection of deaf student
Oxford University today defended its admissions process after it rejected Russian-born deaf teenager Anastasia Fedotova who subsequently got six A grades at A level. Brasenose College turned her down following an interview. Today, the university rejected suggestions it had discriminated against her and said all students were judged on their merits. 

Ucas chief: GCSEs could become more challenging
GCSEs may need to be "toughened up" so they become a challenge to bright pupils, Tony Higgins, chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service warned today. But any changes to the exam could mean less gifted students would struggle. His comments came as around 600,000 teenagers awaited their GCSE results on Thursday.

Women opt for green cars, says transport research
Coventry University research into the differences between how men and women perceive the perfect car has found that females put greater emphasis on protecting the environment. Students on the Transport Design Futures course at the university said they also found that women were more concerned about safety and the colour of their ideal vehicle.

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