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US university hands out 400 degrees by mistake

A US university has revealed that hundreds of degrees given out over the past 10 years should never have been awarded, and may be revoked.

Investors offered 50 per cent tax relief on money placed in start-up companies

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Last Night's Viewing: The Crusades, BBC2<br />Jonathan Meades on France, BBC4

When James of Vitry, new Bishop of Acre, arrived at his see in 1216, he apparently wasn't terribly impressed. The earlier Christian Crusades had left behind a string of Crusader statelets down the Mediterranean coast and Acre, close to Jerusalem, had become the most important port in the region, a gateway for pilgrims and a centre for trade. Piety it didn't do nearly as well. In fact, Bishop James thought it was all a bit Gomorrah-on-Sea, distressing proof that the ideals of the earlier Christian adventurers had been corrupted by economic power and pragmatic exchange. In the last of his interesting series The Crusades, Thomas Asbridge showed us a rather literal token of this accommodation between theological purpose and day-to-day profit – gold coins minted by the Crusader knights in imitation of Egyptian Islamic originals. When it came to cash they were open to multi-faith dialogue, however intransigent they might be when on their knees praying.

James Moore: Browett should watch his step as he joins big league

Welcome to the corporate Premier League, John Browett. The Dixons Retail boss has been poached by Apple to run its fast-expanding retail operation and shareholders are anything but happy about his departure. The fact that he has more or less kept the show on the road is seen as no small achievement.

Some gym membership contracts offer very little wriggle room

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James Moore: New Apple boss Browett is in the big league now – but he has to watch his step

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An impressive work placement earned Sam Mosley (left) and Sarah Mullen employment straight out of uni

Jobseekers jump ahead with work experience

A degree may show you know your theory, but experience in the workplace goes a long way to getting an employer to offer you a job

An MBA represents an investment in your intellectual capital that is hard for employers to resist

Sweet temptation for employers

Projections for 2012 suggest firms aim to hire management graduates, making such degrees more valuable than ever

Britain's global ambitions hit by migration cap

Britain's efforts to further globalise its economy will slip backwards over the next three years because of new immigration rules that will hit the hiring of foreign nationals.

Brake on hiring foreigners set to slow UK's globalisation efforts

Britain's efforts to further globalise its economy will slip backwards over the next three years because of new immigration rules that will hit the hiring of foreign nationals.

How you can finance an enjoyable retirement

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Pearson reveals profit upgrade

The Financial Times and Penguin publisher Pearson upgraded its 2011 profit forecasts yesterday, saying it had a strong Christmas period and bucked the wider economic gloom.

'Vital' for big firms to help Earth

Sir David Attenborough has called on big businesses to help protect the natural world from the rapidly expanding human population.

Tim Cook was made the chief executive of Apple in October

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The man who took over from Steve Jobs at the helm of Apple has been promised a $376m (£243m) pay bonanza, in an attempt to tie him to the company for the next decade.

Network Rail board to discuss chairman shortlist

The shortlist for the next chairman of Network Rail has been drawn up.

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