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Professor Robert Coe, from Durham University:  “This seems to underline the view that improvements in GCSEs and some other examinations have had more to do with grade inflation than real sustained improvements over time.”

An army of altruists: VSO boosted by record rise in recruits

Organisations offering voluntary work in developing countries are being inundated by applications from middle-aged professionals, says Emily Dugan

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Queen 'saddened' by Mumbai attacks

The Queen has been "shocked" by the Mumbai terrorist attacks which claimed 130 lives, Buckingham Place said today.

Minister wants to 'lower threshold for complaints' against universities

The Government wants to make it easier for "whistleblowers" to raise complaints about standards in universities.

Another record year for A-level students

Teenagers achieved record results in their A-levels again this year as the national pass rate soared above 97 per cent for the first time.

Leading article: We cannot afford this scientific brain drain

Education is important, but action is needed in other areas too

Cash incentive for science students

Business leaders called today for science graduates to be given a bursary of £1,000 to help boost the number of specialist workers as the UK gears up for a new "industrial revolution".

Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Arnold Wesker, playwright

'I looked up the teacher's skirt'

Teacher shortage threat to physics

The teaching of physics in England's schools is under threat because of a growing lack of specialist teachers, a report warned today.

Terence Kealey: The state should keep its hands off Oxbridge

Every five years, the Higher Education Funding Council for England conducts an assurance review of the universities it funds. Cambridge's one is coming up, and it is rumoured that it will fail. Why might Hefce condemn Cambridge?

Ryan Sharp: 'In the pit lane you're busy – the last place you're looking is in front'

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Book Extract: Stonehenge by Rosemary Hill

Hill's Stonehenge surveys the endless speculations around this mysterious monument

Diploma plan 'risks disaster'

The Government's new diploma programme threatens to be a disaster that will leave teenagers badly prepared for university or work, a report by the University of Buckingham claims.

Susan Bassnett: It's time for the bold universities to go private

Another of my friends is retiring this summer. She works in one of the many countries where university lecturers all retire at the age of 60, but she will certainly not be giving up teaching or research. She is moving to one of the many private universities that cream off talent from the state sector, either by offering higher salaries and better working conditions or by taking on top-flight academics when they hit the age barrier. Other friends who have done this all say they wish they had moved years ago.

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