Update: 13:10

June 12, 2002

Dark clouds cast shadow on FE colleges
Further education union leaders forecast an "autumn of discontent" for colleges this week after support staff threatened to join lecturers in strikes over pay. An increased offer from employers of 2.3 per cent was rejected yesterday both by Unison, representing 25,000 support staff in FE, and by Natfhe, which has 44,000 college members who staged a two-day strike last month.

50,000 Welsh students qualify for grants
Around 50,000 Welsh students in further and higher education are expected to qualify for new "learning grants" unveiled by the Welsh Assembly this week. In a publicity campaign to promote the means-tested grants - available from September and likely to be worth an average £935 a year - the assembly claimed to have broken new ground. The announcement brought fresh calls from student leaders and politicians for Westminster to introduce similar grants for students in England, as part of its current student funding review.

Riba accolade for Queen's University Great Hall
The Great Hall at Queen's University, Belfast, which underwent a £2.5 million refurbishment last year, has won an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects and will now be considered for the Stirling Prize, Britain’s most prestigious architectural award. Riba praised hall's "grandeur and elegance".

Oxford names road after penicillin proponent
The work of Oxford scientist Norman Heatley has been commemorated by a road named after him at Oxford Science Park. Mr Heatley, 91, was among a team of city scientists who promoted the widespread use of penicillin during the second world war, saving thousands of lives.

Scots MPs consider St Andrews bill
The first stage of a bill to restore St Andrews University's right to award postgraduate medical degrees is expected to have a smooth passage through the Scottish Parliament today.

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