Edward Snowden, the US intelligence leaker, may soon be filling a ceremonial role in Britain’s academic life. Students at Glasgow University have embarked on a campaign to have him elected as their rector.


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Grand Old Duke: The greatest scandal never told

Sex, bribery, betrayal, a royal feud and more sex – the only thing missing from the story of Mary Clarke and the Grand Old Duke of York was a tabloid press to titillate the nation, reports Andy McSmith

Newcastle get £8m Keegan claim

Kevin Keegan's legal representatives are believed to have submitted papers to the three-man Premier League tribunal that will rule on Keegan's claim for constructive dismissal from Newcastle United in early September.

The woman who sexed up Radio 2

Lesley Douglas, who resigned last night from the BBC, was not only the most powerful woman in British radio, she was also, in the view of some, the most influential person in this country's music industry.

Store cards: the debt that can last a generation

They might seem convenient when you're at the till, but if you only pay off the minimum amount each month the interest quickly racks up. Julian Knight looks at a very expensive way to shop

Auriol Stevens: 'Private schools must change – or we all suffer'

'There is no more damaging divide in society today than this one in economic and social terms." Thus Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, described the state/independent school split this summer.

Rembrandt? I'm just like him, says Hirst – it's all about cash

A ground-breaking auction of new works by Damien Hirst could fetch £65m, but his gallery won't see a penny of it. Arifa Akbar reports

Football's richest clubs pay poverty wages to backroom staff

England's richest football clubs shell out fortunes to their players in pursuit of glory. Today, though, all 20 clubs are accused of penny-pinching because they pay more humble members of staff – such as cleaners, catering staff and shop assistants – the lowest legal wages. Some employees receive only match tickets as recompense, or the promise of commission.

Lords reform 'after election'

The long-running saga of House of Lords reform will still not be settled for at least several years more - despite the publication today of the third White Paper in seven years.

Chuck Palahniuk talks sex dolls, strippers and the one subject he won't write about

The disciple of 'Dangerous Writing', Chuck Palahniuk, reveals his unusual creative process, and the one place that he won't go in his notoriously bad-taste fiction

Turner becomes chairman of financial regulator

Adair Turner was confirmed as the new chairman of the beleaguered Financial Services Authority yesterday. Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, who is one of the Government's favourite fixers and served as the head of the Confederation of British Industry, will take over from Sir Callum McCarthy in September.

Leading article: An unhealthy sense of entitlement

Our MPs feel aggrieved because their £61,820-a-year salaries make them less well paid than head teachers or senior managers in the private sector. The House of Commons Commission seems likely to suggest that their pay should be bumped up to about £75,000 after the next general election.

When every penny counts, cashback shows its charms

Julian Knight reports on the websites that give hard-pressed consumers the chance to earn rebates on their internet purchases

'Blatant and shocking' fraud cases help push losses to £140m

Benefit fraud has gone up sharply and is now at record levels, the Audit Commission has concluded.

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