Update: 13:20

July 1, 2002

Employers support skills spending increase
Business leaders today urged the government to help boost productivity by spending more on education and skills and focusing on science and technology. The Engineering Employers Federation said in a submission to chancellor Gordon Brown ahead of his forthcoming spending review that targeted increases in spending would make an important contribution to improving competitiveness.

Report links unemployment to skills gap
Workers in areas of the country with the worst unemployment, including London, often have poor basic skills, new research has showed. A report from the Trades Union Congress shows that London, the Northwest and areas of the Northeast had the highest levels of unemployment as well as poor literacy and numeracy rates.

Bodleian makes £400,000 Islamic acquisition
The Bodleian Library, Oxford, has bought one of the world's most important Islamic scientific manuscripts for £400,000. The Arabic books of celestial and terrestrial maps are dated at late 12th or early 13th century and are said to give a unique insight into how medieval scientists viewed the world and universe.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns