News Rachael Neustadt with her children, from left, Meir, Jonathan and Daniel

A British-based former teacher embroiled in an international tug-of-love fight with her Russian ex-husband over custody of their two sons has won a “landmark” court ruling in Moscow, lawyers said today.

Rachael Neustadt with her children, from left, Meir, Jonathan and Daniel

Mother Rachael Neustadt’s fight to return sons from Russia blocked by Moscow court

A former teacher whose Russian ex-husband refused to return their two sons after they went for a visit to Russia has suffered a setback in her landmark legal fight to win them back.

The Manchester College

History: The college was formed following the merger of City College Manchester and Manchester College of Arts and Technology (MANCAT) in 2008.The predecessor colleges' histories can be traced back as far as the 1920s.

Leeds City College

History: On April 1 2009, Leeds City College became a reality as Leeds College of Technology, Leeds Thomas Danby and Park Lane College Leeds & Keighley (three very established colleges in the region) merged to form what is now one of the largest and most influential colleges in the country, offering entry level to higher education courses. It merged again with Joseph Priestley College in 2011.

Foreign students spurn UK universities after immigration curbs

Russell Group warns that tougher visa rules are leading to a drop in overseas applicants

Leading article: A real problem, but an overreaction

There is no doubt that steps had to be taken to crack down on the number of illegal immigrants signing on for courses at bogus colleges in the UK. Largely through the work of the UK Border Agency, this problem seems all but eradicated, with a number of dubious colleges now closing.

Critics round on Government over decision to strip London Metropolitan University of its right to admit foreigners

Britain's reputation as home to one of the world's thriving higher education sectors is under threat after a university was stripped of its right to admit foreigners, critics have said.

Regent’s College London will be able to grant its own degrees from September and aims to have university status by 2013

Private universities: An independent advantage

The increase in tuition fees has made private universities a more popular option

Universities in talks to outsource services

Two universities are negotiating deals to outsource their services to private companies, in what could be a new model for higher education.

Swansea Metropolitan University

History: Its roots lie in a college of technology, a college of art, and a college of education set up in the 19th century. All three colleges came together in 1976 and, in 1992, it became Swansea Institute of Higher Education. Became part of the University of Wales in 2004 and changed its name to Swansea Metropolitan University in 2008.

University adds six weeks to teaching year to offset fee rise

With tuition costs set to rocket, one college hopes to boost recruits by giving them more for their cash

Police 'wasting £150m a year' says think-tank

One in 20 police officers is carrying out roles that could be fulfilled by civilians, wasting almost £150 million a year, a think-tank said today.

Rupert Cornwell: Superheroes get a makeover – butcan it save them?

Out of America: Battered by computer games, the internet and the slump, US comic books are seeking a new generation of readers

Larry, dear Larry! In Olivier's footsteps

A bursary set up in the great actor's name leads the way in helping young talent

No IPCC action over reggae star raid

Police officers who carried out a raid on the home of Smiley Culture, in which the reggae star died, will not face disciplinary action from the police watchdog.

Traveller's Guide: New Zealand

This week, sports fans are aiming for the far side of the world for the Rugby World Cup – but the host nation has plenty to offer away from the pitch.
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