Leading article: Inner-city boost

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The Independent Online

The decision by Liverpool University to help to establish the first city academy in a metropolis that is well known for social deprivation and unrest is eminently sensible. The new vice-chancellor of the university, Drummond Bone, is to be congratulated for his compassionate and imaginative approach. But was it wise of him to axe the university's education department just at the moment when he might need some advice on how to raise the expectations of young people in the inner-city area of Anfield where the new academy will be sited? It is good news that Professor Bone is going down well with the academics. Will he be able to make his mark on the administration in the same way?