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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.

Letter: Short and shallow

Sir: It may just be that those who favour the shortening of the time spent reading for a degree from three years to two genuinely believe that this can be done without a significant reduction in student academic achievement - but, if so, their view rests on a deeply impoverished notion of what is involved in reading for a degree (report, 24 September).

Course Vacancies: University places still available

THE following information comprises the most up-to-date information available on the full-time and sandwich course vacancies remaining in the UK universities, polytechnics and colleges of higher education.

Obituary: Professor E. T. Nevin: Correction

The typesetting of the obituary of Professor E. T. Nevin (by Professor George Clayton, 21 September) fell short of its subject's own rigour. Four errors occurred. In the passage 'sloppy modes of thought in which we had lost sight of the overriding need in any scientific discipline to remember that if one analysis has no prospect of generating propositions cast in a variable form and testable against empirical evidence from the real work . . .', for one read our, for variable read verifiable and for work read world. Later, for copies read topics.

Course Vacancies: University places still on offer

THE following information comprises the most up-to-date information available on the full-time and sandwich course vacancies remaining in the UK universities, polytechnics and colleges of higher education.

University places still open

The following information comprises the most up-to-date information available on the full-time and sandwich course vacancies remaining in the UK universities, polytechnics and colleges of higher education.

Education: The new Universities: What's in a name: Correction

A special report on 18 June incorrectly stated that John Moores is chairman of Liverpool Polytechnic. The chairman is Joe Moores, his son.
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