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

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

FA unveil training centre plans

Plans for a permanent training base for the England team - renamed St George's Park - were unveiled by the Football Association today

FSA runs out of room

The Financial Services Authority is taking two extra floors in London's Canary Wharf tower to house staff recruited after the financial crisis.

David Prosser: Time to make the banks pay their share

Outlook: A tax on bankers' bonuses is not the best way to raise money or even to address public outrage

David Prosser: Ofgem sends out mixed messages

Outlook: It is clear that at some companies, customers are paying the price for inefficiency and poor management

Crisis-hit Coventry face closure

Twickenham's attempts to broaden the base of the club game in England by transforming the old Second Division into a football-style "Championship" full of ambitious, increasingly professionalised teams was dealt a second blow yesterday when Coventry, one of the great names of the past, found themselves being closed down. Andrew Green, the chairman, said a combination of debts, stadium issues and the absence of realistic refinancing opportunities left him with no alternative but to shut up shop.

Leigh thrown a lifeline by Gateshead demise

Coach Millward heralds 'new start' as club is spared demotion to third tier

FA deny Burton delay reports

The Football Association have dismissed suggestions that development of the National Football Centre at Burton has again been put on hold.

International contests between schools can be fun and rewarding, but what do they teach students?

This summer, Barclay Rogers, 35, seized the chance to be part of the team fielded by Judge Business School in Cambridge that would take part in an annual competition between leading business schools from all over the world.

Water watchdog announces cut in bills

Households will benefit from an average £14 fall in water bills to £330 before inflation over the next five years, industry regulator Ofwat said today.

Top City financiers step up lobby against new laws from Brussels

EU disclosure rules will pile costs on to portfolio companies, and could breach national legislation

Credo: Katrina Larkin

Co-founder of the Big Chill festival

Jill Kirby: The five ways that government disguises failure as success

Over the past 10 years, layers of government have multiplied, more regulatory bodies have been put in place, thousands of new laws have been passed and greater powers of surveillance have been accorded to the State. Yet as government activism has increased, so public confidence has fallen. How has this happened? In a new report I identify five techniques used by government to disguise failure as success.

Investment Column: Investors should dig deep and buy Tullow

Carillion; Booker Group

Ashley puts entire Newcastle squad up for sale

The entire playing staff at Newcastle United was put up for sale yesterday, owner Mike Ashley having appointed agents to arrange as many transfers as quickly as possible. The development will be seen as another sign that Ashley is withdrawing from the idea of appointing Alan Shearer as full-time manager at St James' Park.

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