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The idea that universities should think more like businesses is one that still prompts a great deal of indignant snorting in academic circles. Yet, as the market gathers pace, it is the new breed of presidential vice chancellor, who behaves like the CEO of a large corporation, who can be most confident of his institution staying afloat.

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From the mid-1960s onwards, David Husain and his colleagues at Cambridge University did pioneering work on the rapidity with which excited atoms reacted with simple molecules such as hydrogen and the light alkanes, processes of great relevance in the context of atmospheric chemistry.

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The rape and murder of an English student in France in 1990 may be finally solved after 18 years of false starts and judicial bungles.

Merchants of Misery: Debt collection is one of the UK's fastest-growing industries

Agencies pursue 20 million cases a year and resort to underhand (yet often legal) tactics. Now, a change to the law will make their business even easier. Jonathan Owen and Ian Griggs report

John Martyn: He's the daddy

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Mystery DNA found on murdered student's bra

Police investigating the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher in Italy have found mystery traces of DNA on her bra, it was revealed today.

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BBC presenter jailed for three months after breaking court order

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Racing: Dettori to break Derby jinx by giving star status to understudy Linda's Lad

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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
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British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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