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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?

Ofwat calls for water industry to be opened up to competition

Ofwat, the water regulator, has made the first tentative steps towards liberalisation of the water industry in England and Wales, publishing a menu of options that could lead to the break-up of the regional monopolies that have become infamous for market abuse and poor service.

Llanelli Scarlets 23 Munster 24: Moriarty makes referee villain of the piece

What on earth would the late, great Ray Gravell have made of it all? Almost certainly not a lot, at least of the politics, although the rugby was a different story.

Abortion act: Forty years of freedom to choose

On this day in 1968, British women were liberated from the dangers of back-street procedures

Professor G. K. Hunter: Shakespeare scholar and founding Professor of English Literature at Warwick University

G.K. Hunter was a Renaissance man. But while he was a brilliant champion of marginalised Elizabethan playwrights like Lyly and Marston, his commitment, as scholar, editor and teacher was very much to the present, as his continuous engagement with Shakespeare demonstrated. He was among those pioneering academics who, in the wake of the 1963 Robbins Report, were tasked with tackling elitism, gender discrimination, and class-and-culture prejudice in higher education by widening participation, establishing, from the ground up, seven new universities in the UK. Hunter founded the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick University. His achievement was to imagine a new Humanities ethos for a changing world.

Open tournament 2008

Sedburgh were the winners of the Open tournament 2008 at Rosslyn Park.

Album: Duffy, Rockferry (A&M)

Dusty in Gwynedd or the new Amy Winehouse?

Dionne Warwick, Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Her entrance was so low-key that half the audience hadn't realised that she'd arrived. No band intro, no following spotlight. There followed several faltering minutes during which she explained why she'd come, reprimanded her backing singers for talking during her opening spiel (well, I guess you can do that to your sister and your cousin), and called for the ushers to check on some poor unfortunate who'd started sneezing and yelping from the stalls. "Where was I? What next?" she said. "A song?" someone yelled.

Professor Sir Howard Dalton: Distinguished microbiologist

Howard Dalton, microbiologist: born New Malden, Surrey 8 February 1944; staff, Warwick University 1973-2008, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences 1983-2008; FRS 1993; Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2002-07; Kt 2007; married 1971 Kira Rozdestvensky (one son, one daughter, two stepsons); died Leamington Spa, Warwickshire 12 January 2008.

Coughing blamed after Souffleur's run falls flat

Souffleur is set for a few weeks on the easy list after his disappointing show at Warwick on Saturday. The five-year-old, winner of the Grade One Challow Hurdle last month, could finish no better than third behind Carruthers in the Grade Two contest at Warwick.

Racing at Warwick: Oldies show the way home

d'Argent delays his retirement by slogging to victory in the Classic Chase

Arnold Layne in the pink for marathon

A faint heart popularly ne'er wan a lady fair, but if Rabbie Burns was a racing man, he would undoubtedly add prizes at Warwick today to his sage observation. The Midlands track, drenched by rain yesterday, will be no place for any but the most dogged, particularly in the afternoon's richest contest, the marathon Classic Chase.

Firefighter confronted 'Tube bomber' after helping mother to safety

A firefighter has described the moment in July 2005 when an alleged would-be suicide bomber tried to set off a rucksack bomb next to a mother and child on a crowded Tube train.

Ramsay signs £5m deal to stay with C4 after bidding war with ITV

Gordon Ramsay has signed a deal worth at least £5m to stay with Channel 4 for another four years, thwarting attempts by ITV to lure him away.

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