University of Cambridge graduates will now be able to graduate in either skirts or suits, irrespective of gender

Job prospects for graduates improving as more companies look to hire, says CBI

Job prospects for graduates and apprentices are looking brighter for next year as more companies expect to hire staff, according to a new report.

Half of UK firms expect to create jobs next year, according to CBI report

More than half of the UK’s businesses expect to create new jobs over the next year, though real wages will continue to fall, a new report has found.

Matt Kuchar poses with the trophy afer his two-stroke victory at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club

Matt Kuchar holds his nerve to win Memorial at Muirfield

A nerveless final-day performance saw Matt Kuchar retain his two-shot overnight lead to win the Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village.

BBC rebuked on rugby sponsorship after 'editorial integrity' was compromised by use of Accenture logo

BBC Sport has been rebuked by the corporation’s governing body for showing a technology company’s animated logo during its coverage of the Six Nations rugby tournament.

Britain rules the waves to bring home ten medals from Hyeres

Three golds, four silvers and three bronzes proved a satisfying haul for Britain’s Olympic sailing squad from the World Cup event in Hyeres.

Outsider picked as CEO of Auto Trader

The company behind Auto Trader, Britain's biggest second-hand car classifieds website, has snubbed the leading internal candidate for the chief executive's job, appointing an outsider after a seven-month search.

World No 1 Rory McIlroy stunned spectators here at the Honda Classic yesterday when, close to tears, he quit the tournament

Rory McIlroy admits Honda Classic walk-off was 'not the right thing to do'

World number one left the course before completing nine holes

Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker rises into top four

Brandt Snedeker has moved to a career-best fourth in the world after following up back-to-back runners-up finishes with victory at the Pebble Beach Pro-am.

'All over them like a rash': Lobbyists scramble to target newly elected police commissioners

Campaign has begun by firms hoping to cash in on outsourced services

Jose Maria Olazabal (left) and his Ryder Cup vice-captain Miguel Angel Jimenez at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles

Nicolas Colsaerts fishing for a place in Jose Maria Olazabal's Ryder Cup team

Belgian hopes he has done enough to beat Harrington to one of captain's picks today

Rafael Cabrera-Bello takes a ‘bite’ out of the Desert Classic trophy

Woods falls apart as Mickelson romps home

Phil Mickelson went from a six-shot deficit to a two-shot lead in just six holes, closed with an eight-under 64 for a two-shot victory and gave Tiger Woods a thrashing at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am yesterday that not many saw coming.

Lawrie turns back the clock

Paul Lawrie is back in the world top 50 for the first time since 2003, after he won his second Qatar Masters title yesterday. The 43-year-old Scot (above) chipped in twice in a brilliant closing 65 to beat the Australian Jason Day and Swede Peter Hanson by four.

NHS pulls the plug on its £11bn IT system

After nine years and with billions already spent, doomed computer system is abandoned

Fewer would recommend bank to friend

In a further blow to banks struggling as hard to rebuild their public reputation as their private capital, a survey of their customers today shows increasing dissatisfaction with the service they receive.

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there