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Postgraduate Lives: 'Oxford on my CV might improve my chances'

Laura Syrett, 24, is studying for an MSt in English literature at Oxford University, having earned a first in English at the University of Durham. She started the course having done one year of a law conversion, with a view to becoming a barrister.

Breast-fed infants 'better behaved'

Breast-fed babies grow into better behaved and more emotionally stable children than those that are bottle fed, a study has shown.

A Day That Shook The World: Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile

On 6 May 1954, Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old medical student at Oxford University, broke one of the enduring barriers of athletics - the elusive four-minute mile.

Cameron in row with Oxford over black students

David Cameron was embroiled in a race row with Oxford University yesterday after claiming that only one black student had started studying at the university last year.

Almond joins Aldermore board

Aldermore, the new British bank, has appointed the former head of Barclays' £60bn mortgage business as a non-executive director.

Patten approved as chairman of BBC Trust

The appointment of former Hong Kong governor Lord Patten as the chairman of the BBC Trust has been approved by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

Patten set to head BBC Trust

Former Hong Kong governor Lord Patten has been chosen as the Government's preferred candidate to succeed Sir Michael Lyons as chairman of the BBC Trust.

Leading article: Le Carré: top secret no longer

For all the broad hints from this Government about charitable giving, it is rare these days for a renowned cultural figure to donate his or her archive to a British institution rather than auctioning it to the highest bidder – usually American. But it now emerges that the master of the spy novel, John le Carré, has followed Alan Bennett – a writer of an equally English, but quite different stamp – in making over his archive to the nation. It will be kept by the Bodleian Library at Oxford University – described by le Carré, referring to his most famous creation, as "Smiley's spiritual home, as it is mine".

Patten poised for BBC Trust role

Former Conservative chairman Lord Patten looks set to be confirmed as the new head of the BBC's governing body.

British floods 'were the result of climate change'

The catastrophic floods of autumn 2000, which saw river levels reach 400-year highs and left 10,000 homes underwater across England and Wales, were most likely the result of global warming.

Are school students becoming spoon-fed exam machines?

But how will I know the answers if I don't know what the questions will be?" This, believe it or not, is a question hundreds of Oxbridge applicants ask every year as they prepare for interview. The speed of the internet and the amount of information that can be accessed in a flash have contributed to a generation of school-leavers convinced that access to technology is all you need to answer questions and that being able to answer questions is all you need to succeed. Why should you think for yourself when there is a tool that can do it for you?

Bid to end duplicate drug research

A radical plan to end the "madness" of wasteful and pointless research by rival drug companies was outlined today.

Warning over brain research funding

Leading UK neuroscientists today attacked "draconian" funding cuts that could see £4 million stripped from "vital" brain research every year.

Cambridge University 'to charge maximum fees'

Cambridge University is proposing to charge students the maximum £9,000 in tuition fees from next year, it was revealed today.

Food inflation is only going to get worse in future, warn scientists

The era of cheap food is over, and prices are likely to rise significantly in coming decades, due to the increase in the global population and a worldwide shift towards eating more meat and dairy produce, a major study into the future of farming has concluded.

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

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The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

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It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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