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Around 50 workers and supporters took to the picket lines at the University of London today, armed with music, whistles, flags and placards as part of an ongoing campaign to win better pay and conditions for the university’s outsourced workers.

College chief's apology to MPs

Roger Ward, head of the college employers' organisation, was forced to offer a fulsome apology to MPs yesterday after admitting that he misled a Commons committee.

Education: Students upset by clearing stress

A number of universities failed to fill degree course vacancies during the "clearing" period because of their slipshod, unprofessional attitude towards applicants, according to a report due to be published this week.

Letter: Degrees of uselessness

Sir: Those institutions which are thought likely to resist "fiercely" the plan to set national standards for degrees (report, 20 September) at next week's meeting of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals are living in academic cloud-cuckoo-land.

Money In Brief: Funeral ombudsman

Two pre-paid funeral organisations have appointed Geoffrey Woodroffe, a solicitor and Brunel University academic, as funeral ombudsman for customers of more than 2,000 outlets in the UK. Mr Woodroffe will have the power to award compensation of up to pounds 50,000 to dissatisfied customers. He can be contacted on 071-430 1112.

Course Vacancies: How to use the course vacancy listings

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.

Courses Guide: University places still open: How to use the course vacancy listings

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 set for record

UNIVERSITIES and former polytechnics are preparing to admit record numbers of students this year. Latest figures show that the number of acceptances for university places is already 7,000 more than last year, writes Judith Judd.

Course vacancies: University places still to be filled

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