Update: 13:45

October 2, 2002

A-level review process will last until 11 October
Thousands of students are to have their grades reviewed, the head of the inquiry into this summer's A-Level exams fiasco said today. A total of 31 subjects are affected - all but seven involving exams set by the Oxford and Cambridge and RSA (OCR) exam board. The re-grading will cover 104 individual AS and A2 units, for which there were 304,205 entries. Former chief inspector of schools, Mike Tomlinson, who led the inquiry, hopes the process can be completed by 11 October, ending weeks of uncertainty for thousands of students. Students who have started degree courses and whose grades end up being changed will have to decide whether to stay at their university even if it was not their first choice, try to change mid-year, or take up their first preference place next year. Universities have said they will do their best to accommodate everyone's wishes, and education secretary Estelle Morris has promised to give them the cash to do so.

Glasgow wins second big biomedical research contract
Glasgow researchers have won a second multimillion pound investment for schizophrenia research in five years. The YRING (Yo****omi Research Institute of Neuroscience in Glasgow) project, which brings together biomedical researchers and clinical psychiatrists from Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, has won a second research contract from leading Japanese pharmaceutical company Mitsubishi Pharma Corporation to develop antipsychotic treatments.

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