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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.

Answer crystallises after 23 years

A professor yesterday told how it took him 23 years to do a numerical calculation that "is of no use whatsoever".

Too many students pass with honours

What is a graduate? Academics involved in a two-and-a-half-year study of graduate standards have had difficulty in deciding.

Clearing lists start Monday

The Independent and the Independent on Sunday will again this year be the ONLY papers to run all the official Ucas lists of university and college vacancies.

AN ADMISSIONS OFFICER'S VIEW

The main things I look out for on the UCAS form are the grade predictions, personal statement and reference. I also have a quick look at the Age box to see if I'm dealing with a mature applicant.

University and college places still open

Official UCAS Courses Guide: How to use these listings

College of Arms

The College of Arms has made the following appointments:

The Royal College of Nursing have rejected a call by Unison to attend pay talks

The Royal College of Nursing yesterday rejected a call by Unison to attend pay talks scheduled by NHS management for Thursday.

University appointments

Professor David Band, to be Dean of the Faculty of Business, Leeds Metropolitan University.

Letter: Oxbridge blues

From Professor Peter Jimack

LETTER : Angry, not sad

Sir: Your generally illuminating piece on the implications of the David Regan suicide ("Professor Regan's sacrifice", 10 February) concerns me with its interpretation of the extension of a counselling service to university staff as a positive outcome of the tragedy. Well-intentioned though those members of the university council who suggested this service may have been, one is left with the depressing feeling that they see Professor Regan's death as avoidable if only he had been counselled.

Letter: Grant us a chance to pay for studies

Sir: Please do not overlook the important point that 'giving a long summer break into which a third semester could, if desired, be squeezed' (leading article; 'Timely lesson for our universities', 19 August) would seriously disadvantage the large body of students who rely on money earned during the summer break to live.

University Prospects: Guide to spare places

THE Independent on Sunday and Independent have exclusive rights again this year to publish the official Universities and Colleges Admissions Service listings for students, giving details of vacant places on higher education courses.

University clearing places fall by half

AN EXTRA 25,000 students will today begin the desperate search for a university place after record A-level results halved the number of vacancies available through the clearing system.

What to do once you know your grades

TONY HIGGINS, chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, has offered the following advice to A-level candidates:

Crackdown on touting for university places: Students who try to switch courses after doing better than expected in A-levels face resistance. Fran Abrams reports

UNIVERSITIES have been told they must not allow students to tout illegally for places on the most popular courses after they get their A-level results on Thursday.
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