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The Venetian contralto Sara Mingardo is one of a kind, and the nearest approximation to her clarion sound is to be found in the recordings of countertenor James Bowman in his prime; down in the baritone register her voice has masculine firmness, and when she opens up at the top her timbre is thrilling.

Graduate employment gulf revealed

More than a fifth of students at some of England's universities failed to find work after graduating last summer, official figures show.


Observations: Popera act Amore are graduating to the big time

Charlotte Church and Katherine Jenkins have done wonders in changing classical music's reputation as stuffy. But will British operatic group Amore succeed in putting the fun back in opera and be the next big opera band?

He played with 'pure heart and soul': André in 2008

Maurice André: Trumpeter loved by both critics and public

He said modern classical music reminded him of the sounds he used to hear going down the mines

All universities exceed £6,000 in tuition fees

Every English university is to charge students more than £6,000 a year.

Best candidates missed university

Many of the best A-level candidates were beaten to university places this year by those who did worse in their exams, it emerged last night.

The A-Z of Universities and Colleges

Updated for 2011 - our list of institutions across Britain, with all the statistics, info and advice you need to make the right choice

Andrew Buncombe: Was a gay Indian academic driven to take his own life?

Amid the flurry of sad stories that filled the papers today - for instance, the awful, heart-breaking accounts of the Indian troops under deadly fire from Maoist rebels phoning their families to say good-bye - the tale of Shrinivas Ramachandra Siras caught my eye.

Thousands may lose jobs in university funding cuts

Many of the UK's leading universities have stiffened entry requirements in the wake of a flood of applications and funding cuts that could result in the axing of thousands of teaching jobs.

'Reckless' agency threatens college rebuilding scheme

The future of a government scheme to rebuild England's colleges has been left hanging in the balance by the "reckless" behaviour of the agency in charge, according to MPs.

Jerome Taylor: Should universities be doing more to stop hate preachers?

Universities are wonderful places that should always promote the principles of free speech and vibrant intellectual debate - even if the subject matter is highly controversial.

Leading Article: Degrees of difference

You may not have known it, but the Government has been having a debate on the future of higher education for the past year. Last week's plea by the Universities Secretary, John Denham, for universities to offer more vocational degrees was part of his contribution to summing up what has been going on.

University chiefs urge degree grading shake-up

University vice-chancellors acknowledged today that the degree classification system is out of date.

Leading Article: Another funding furore

The news that MPs on the innovation, universities and skills select committee are going to take a long, hard look at higher education is welcome — particularly in the light of the cock-up over grants. Undergraduate support is being cut after poor estimates were made of how many students were eligible for funds. The review will feed into the Government's review of top-up fees, providing some much-needed evidence on the extent to which the fees are hindering access.

Boys beat girls in admissions tests

Boys have finally got the better of girls – by outperforming them in university admissions tests, according to a study published today.

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