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As the possibility of unemployment looms for many, more than 500,000 each year choose to pursue further study in the form of a postgraduate taught programme such as a master's. The motivation behind this decision is often related to belief that a higher-level qualification will result in a better job. But does the CV addition of an MA, MBA or MSc actually improve employment prospects?

Clearing places run dry as colleges put up 'no vacancies' sign

Universities started putting up the "full" signs last night as the scramble for places continued.

Blunder gives A-level students results too early

Dozens of A-level candidates received an early glimpse of their results at the weekend as a result of an exam board blunder. About 50 pupils logged on to an online service run by the Edexcel exam board after it had been mistakenly opened up five days before the results were due to be published.

Warning of 'most frantic' university clearing

The clearing process for students who fail to make their grades this summer will be "the most frantic and stressful in living memory", it has been claimed.

Flexible learning: freedom to steer your life in any direction

Distance learning offers plenty of benefits, including great flexibility, says Matt Symonds

Women 'worst-hit by spending cuts'

Public spending cuts will have a disproportionate impact on women, widening Britain's gender pay gap and increasing other inequalities between the sexes, according to a report.

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A droll trip with two soul mates

Man arrested in Jia Ashton murder probe

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an economics graduate whose body was found in woodland near her workplace.

Massive fall in child abuse deaths linked to new protection policies

Child deaths from abuse have fallen dramatically over the past 30 years, new figures show. With social workers frequently vilified after the death of a child at the hands of adult guardians, the findings – published in Archives of Disease in Childhood – act as tribute to the success of child protection policies and those who implement them.

O'Shea sounds note of caution as Quins breach Munster citadel

Amlin Challenge Cup: Munster 12 Harlequins 20

Quins survive Easter red to win in Limerick

Munster 12 Harlequins 20

Children of older women 'fare better'

Older mothers make better parents, according to an international study of children born to women over 40.

Cathy Warwick: Hospitals are falling over the edge

More women are having babies and we haven't got the staff to deal with those who are older, obese, or who have conditions which, in the past, would have precluded child bearing. Many trusts do not have enough space and some units are overwhelmed, especially in London.

Johnson hopes National test will get to the bottom of Tidal Bay

An intriguing contender with a superb Aintree record was confirmed in the mix yesterday for next month's Grand National, though his tilt at the John Smith's-sponsored prize could hardly be termed no-nonsense. Five days ago Tidal Bay finished sixth in the Gold Cup, albeit 23 lengths behind the winner Long Run. As is his style, he was almost tailed off early but once he had condescended to put his racing head on, nothing stayed on up the finishing hill more strongly.

Sherrin set to deny Synchronised his second chance

Anyone who has sustained heavy damage at Cheltenham this week will approach the big race at Uttoxeter today with unusual empathy. For the Totesport Midlands Grand National gives horses a good approximation of how most punters feel, after negotiating their own gruelling marathon over the past four days.

Lack of sleep is a 'ticking time bomb'

Party lovers and workaholics who stay up late and rise early are putting their health at risk, researchers have found. People who regularly sleep less than six hours a night, or whose sleep is disturbed, have a 48 per cent greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15 per cent higher chance of a stroke.

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