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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?

Birmingham Special: From Middle Earth to high drama - a grand day out

It's not only the city centre that is worth a visit. Simon Calder goes out of town

Racing: Frost threat to Ascot card

TRACKS ARE braced for a hard frost which could threaten tomorrow's racing programme. Frost is forecast around the country for tonight.

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.

Tales Out Of School

Strange Stories from the Global Classroom

Dorothy Lawrence: the man that never was

The Izbicki Report: News From The Front Line of Education

Pre-Budget Statement: Education: Extra pounds 50m given to renovate crumbling school buildings

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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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain