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UK and European shareholders lag behind US for activism

US shareholders are at least four times more active than those in Europe and the UK, according to new research. British investors are wary of hurting share prices with formal proposals to the board, Peter Cziraki a doctoral candidate from Tilburg University, Netherlands, told delegates to the European Centre for Corporate Control in Lile. US stockholders however are forced to use the process to influence board decisions and make their issues known.

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A former Virginia Tech graduate student pleaded guilty to decapitating a classmate, and prosecutors revealed the reason for the campus cafe killing, saying his romantic advances had been rejected.

David Prosser: Why Darling may not be able to deliver

Outlook There has quite rightly been a hullabaloo about Alistair Darling's refusal to explain how each government department will see its budget cut over the next four years as he tries to bring down the deficit. But the most pressing reason to question the credibility of the Chancellor's plans is not his lack of candour but his over-optimistic projections for economic growth. If these are not met, the deficit reduction plan has had it.

How a medieval philosophy don won her battle against Cambridge for failing to promote her

For the past 17 years Gill Evans has been a thorn in Cambridge University's side, making the lives of successive vice chancellors a misery and forcing the ancient university to change its ways. She has harried it through the courts, in the press and through the institution's democratic structures.

Serena's story: How one student is demanding a better deal for postgraduates

Postgraduates are a critical part of university business, so it’s time they were given the same support as undergraduates.

Who should pay for degrees?

The review of postgraduate education will look at thorny issues, including concentration.

Paternal grandmothers: good for girls, bad for boys

The importance of grandmothers in the lives of their grandchildren is underlined in a study published today.

Christina Patterson: Let's preserve the dotty, dying don

If I were rewriting Dante's Inferno, I'd ensure that the catalogue of punishments included a PhD. Perhaps for the bankers – the men in Armani, seeking instant fortunes from hot air – a seven-year sentence, in corduroys, in libraries, on semi-colons in Finnegans Wake. There'd be no Starbucks. No Blackberries. No shrieking or baying or bragging. Nothing except piles and piles of lit-crit, time stretching out to an invisible, distant horizon, and silence.

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