Professor who wrote Coalition health policy was paid by drugs firm

The Government's "independent" adviser on mass tranquiliser addiction has received research funding from a drug company which manufacturers two commonly prescribed tranquilisers.

'Forgotten' artist who fled Nazis is honoured at last

Lakeland barn decorated by Kurt Schwitters to be recreated in forecourt of the Royal Academy

Professor Neil Jenkins: Pioneer in academic dentistry

Few can have contributed so much to the development and maturity of academic dentistry as Neil Jenkins, the first Professor of Oral Physiology in the UK. His academic legacy is unsurpassed, if viewed in terms of the body of work from his own laboratories at Newcastle University, summed with that of the "Jenkins family" of former graduate students and colleagues.

Obituary: Professor Robert Hill

THE WORLD of alternative energy has lost one of its leading exponents with the sudden death of Robert Hill. His expertise on solar energy and photovoltaic technologies was recognised world-wide.

Going Higher: Northern exposure will have you partying

THERE IS fierce competition these days as to which is the most happening city in the north of England.

Christmas card competition

Almost 100 universities and colleges responded to our Christmas card competition and entries were generally of so high a standard that it was difficult to produce a shortlist and even tougher to select winners. It took the judges - Wendy Berliner, Editor of Education+, and John (Word of Mouth) Izbicki - considerable time to reach their conclusion. They eventually came up with a shortlist of 13. Most of these had a well-defined connection to the institution they represented.

Obituary: Ernest Bettenson

Nature probably intended Ernest Bettenson to be a civil servant but, as he himself put it, the Commissioners felt otherwise and, as he had vague academic ambitions, university administration was a fair compromise.

Tables turn on children's calculator culture

Labour wants to ban calculators for children under the age of eight, David Blunkett said yesterday.

Personally speaking by David Reynolds

This year promises to be a watershed in British educational history, since for the first time we are taking seriously the need to learn from other countries. Politicians refer remorselessly to our position in international educational league tables. Television has put the well educated, happy and high-achieving Pacific Rim children in the minds of teachers in every school staff room. Parents seem more and more uneasy with the quality of the education their children are receiving.

The academic market-place

Student fairs are increasingly lively places as universities compete for undergraduates in a buyer's market. Lucy Hodges talks to those setting out a stall

Institute of Physics

Institute of Physics

Sexual freedom is blamed for rise in crime

Sexual freedom, rather than poverty, is largely to blame for rising levels of crime and disorder, according to a report today from the Institute of Economic Affairs.

English top of the form in science

English teenagers are beating the rest of Europe at science but in maths their performance is declining sharply, according to a study to be published next week. Experts say the difference proves teaching methods, not an anti-education culture, are to blame for pupils' poor performance in maths.

Red beef is safe to eat: Letter

Sir: Which is less justifiable, the ritual slaughter of sheep for religious reasons (report, 29 April), the carcasses being eaten, or the slaughter of tens of thousands of cows for commercial reasons, the carcasses being incinerated?
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And it will trigger more war in future
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How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn