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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?

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Racing: Frost threat to Ascot card

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Right of Reply: Baroness Warwick

The chief executive of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals responds to the Education supplement article on difficulties faced by ethnic minority academics

Pension fund victims given only pounds 33,000 to plug pounds 8m black hole

THE GOVERNMENT body set up to compensate pension funds plundered by employers has been able to provide just pounds 33,000 to plug an pounds 8m black hole in one Warwickshire scheme.

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FIFTEEN THOUSAND schools will be given cash to improve or replace crumbling buildings by 2002, the Chancellor promised. Most of the money for schools and universities has already been announced as part of the spending review. But an extra pounds 50m will go for new buildings and repairs under the New Deal, and Mr Brown gave schools permission to use a further pounds 100m of private money on building through the Private Finance Initiative.

HOCKEY; All-change Slough are confident

JULIA ROBERTSON, the recently elected captain of Slough, is quietly confident for the new Premier League campaign in spite of the departure of nine of last season's treble-winning squad.

Graduates `should receive school-style reports'

ALL GRADUATES should be given school-style reports with their traditional first and second-class degree certificates, says the Government's higher education regulator.

Women `treated better than men' in job fights

CHIVALRY MAY not be dead after all, at least not in Britain's industrial tribunal courts. Women claiming unfair dismissal are 50 per cent more likely to get a favourable verdict than are men, although the majority of adjudicators are men, according to new research.

Obituaries: Professor Sir John Hale

JOHN HALE was a distinguished historian of the Italian Renaissance, but it was the wide range of his cultural interests, the influence that he exercised outside the strictly academic world, the warmth of feelings that he inspired in many differing circles of acquaintances that gave him real distinction as much as his books and his teaching at Oxford, Warwick and London universities.

Half of workers suffer stress

ONE BRITISH worker in five is left feeling worthless by the job while almost half lose sleep because they are worrying about work, a survey has found.

Students owe pounds 15m in tuition fees and now face court threat Universities in court threat to students as debts reach pounds 15m

STUDENTS OWE universities an estimated pounds 15m in overdue tuition fees, according to a survey by vice-chancellors published yesterday.
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