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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.

Your guide to spare Ucas places

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

Graduates shun industry

University graduates are shunning industry, according to figures published today by the Universities Statistical Record. The proportion entering industry has fallen sharply in the last 10 years. In 1982-83, one-third of graduates entered industry, but in 1992-93 this had fallen to 21 per cent.

CBI in call to combat shortage of graduates

BRITISH industry is to press the Government for a major expansion into higher education to combat an expected shortage of graduates over the next decade, writes Ben Bradley.

Colleges to face wait for upgrading: Correction

Following a report in yesterday's Independent about colleges aspiring to become universities, the Bolton Institute of Higher Education has asked us to make it clear that no decision has been reached on its application for research degree status.

Letter: Research on violent videos inconclusive

Sir: Many claims are being made about links between the viewing of video nasties and criminality. In your article 'Censor criticises plan to ban violent videos' (11 April), you cite research done by the Policy Studies Institute into the viewing tastes of a sample of 78 young offenders and controls finding remarkably similar viewing preferences. I would however advise caution before drawing any conclusion about the issue up for debate for at least two reasons:

Letter: College excellence assessed first-hand

Sir: The article ('Flaws found in assessment of universities', 18 March) on the review of the Higher Education Funding Council for England's assessment of the quality of education misrepresents the present arrangements. It is untrue to say that a university can be assessed as excellent, if it can substantiate the claim on paper. Such a judgement can only be made after a three-day visit.

University rescued from 'undue criticism of itself'

LIVERPOOL John Moores University supplied documentation which showed 'unexpectedly high levels of student dissatisfaction with their overall experience'.

Race inquiry delay

A Commission for Racial Equality inquiry into allegations of racial discrimination at the Bar's law school has been suspended until next year.

Letter: Feminine touch

Sir: In October 1992 we attended our daughter's graduation ceremony in Oxford. Many young women received degrees that afternoon. Of the university officials conducting the ceremony and presenting the graduates, only one was female, and she accompanied the group from Somerville, the only college to remain exclusively for women. The event spoke louder than words.

Dundee University

The Modern History Department of Dundee University is undertaking a study of the Bengal jute industry and its connections with Dundee. Anyone who worked in the Bengal mills and offices, or has materials relating to the industry - diaries, letters, photographs or memorabilia - is invited to contact Christopher Whatley or David Swinfen, Department of Modern History, Dundee University, Dundee DD1 4HN, telephone 0382 23181, ext 4512.

Obituary: Professor Charles Geddes Coull Chesters

Professor Charles Geddes Coull Chesters, botanist, died 13 February. Professor of Botany Nottingham University 1944-69.

Letter: University politics

Sir: Political bias ('Universities fear political bias by funding councils', 1 February) has been a real threat for some time. The Observer reported as far back as mid-1988 how Sir John Harvey-Jones, the former chairman of ICI, was told he was 'politically unsuitable' for the chairmanship of the University Funding Council.

Letter: University priorities

Sir: Regarding your article 'Universities 'need shift of emphasis' ' (26 January), if academics do not actively carry out research, then what will they have to teach? It's about time that university heads stood up both for the vital link between research and teaching, and for the more general values which are understood anywhere but Britain, to be embodied in a university education, instead of collaborating with those who would seek their destruction.

Education: What are they looking for?

THOUSANDS of students will be interviewed for places in higher education in the next few months. According to admissions officers, some still arrive ill-prepared for the ordeal.
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