New Legal Advice Hotline for Students   Guardian Offers Book Discount to Students  
  A NEW legal advice hotline has been set up for students who find themselves in legal difficulties. The new scheme, run by Thompson’s Solicitors, will give free legal advice on personal injury claims to NUS students day and night. The service will also aid students unions in providing legal help for students.

In a news release, NUS President Douglas Trainer said “This new service offered by Thompson’s will complement existing services offered by student unions and NUS. We can now offer students advice and information around the clock, on personal injury and on other legal issues”.

The hotline can be reached by calling 0800 7314 795.

  STUDENTS CAN benefit from a new offer from the Guardian and the Observer. Students can now purchase any book of their choice discounted by 10% and delivered free to their door. By calling 0500 500 172 students can join the Guardian and Observer discount offer for free.

The Guardian alone carries 49% of all graduate vacancies advertised in the quality press and new vacancies appear each day. The magazine Impact (which is produced each term from “the best and most interesting” articles from the Guardian) can be picked up for free on many campuses as well as in any Virgin Megastore.

Students should also look out for the Guardian/STA Travel Writing Awards. Two winners will be sent on an all expense paid assignment to a destination of their choice.

  New Image for Blair Britain   Oxford Prevent Staff Cashing In  
  TONY BLAIR took another step in his personal quest to revitalise the image of the United Kingdom by unveiling a new video at the Commonwealth summit in Edinburgh.

As part of Blair’s continuous re-invention of the British image the new video showed the new, vibrant and youthful side of British life highlighted in Britain’s excellence in fashion, music, film and technology.

The video was shown at the beginning of the Commonwealth summit, a move which the government’s spin-doctors would surely have orchestrated as leaders representing one quarter of the world’s population would be there watching.

The Queen’s entrance was also marked with a radical re-working of the National Anthem.

  OXFORD University has made new rulings to prevent their scientists from holding positions in companies in which the university has a vested interest.

The ruling drawn up by a committee led by the former vice-chancellor Sir Richard Southwood, was prompted by June Clark, a former director of research at the university, who is thought have earned almost £300,000 through a company that made money out of scientific innovations from the university.

Both Clark and her close friend Sir Brian Richards, a businessman who also has close links with the University, are now living in tax exile in Guernsey.

  Recruitment Agency Targets Graduates   Increase in Heroin Addiction Among Young  
  HAYS PERSONNEL Services, a recruitment agency, are to launch a division that specialises in graduates.

The Graduate Appointments Services was launched in response to the changing market conditions and the demands from employers who are finding it increasingly difficult to find good quality graduates without the help of recruitment agencies.

The recruitment of graduates has become an increasingly time consuming business now that there are so many university places available covering a wide variety of course.

The graduate appointments service will cater for all subject areas, especially those of finance, accountancy, construction and IT and offers expert advice and a large client base.

  HOME OFFICE figures published last week show a 35% increase in new addicts aged under 21.

The total number of registered addicts is now 43,000, although most drugs workers suggest that the true number is closer to 150,000.

There is also a disturbing trend in increasing methadone addiction. Methadone is the NHS-prescribed alternative to heroin but is known to be considerably more addictive and there is a growing black market in the substance.

The new ‘Drugs Czar’, former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Keith Hellawell, is believed to favour a massive education drive targeted at young children. There are now many children as young as 13 or 14 amongst the ranks of Britain’s estimated four million cannabis users.

  Royal Bank of Scotland to offer mortgages   UL colleges get ready for debate competition  
  THE ROYAL Bank of Scotland is to try and attract even more students to its fold by offering student mortgages.

Providing that parents act as guarantor and put up twenty per cent of the initial capital, the bank will give one hundred per cent mortgages to students. It is a move which will no doubt entice students and their families who may be reluctant to waste money on renting sub-standard accommodation.

The Bank’s plans to offer mortgages is the latest in a long line of offers to students, designed to attract first years to a particular bank and then encourage to stay with them once students have graduated. Interest free graduate overdrafts coupled with tempting cash incentives when applying for student accounts have risen steadily in recent years.

  COLLEGES OF the University of London are taking part in ‘The Challenge’, London’s fourth intervarsity debate competition, this weekend. The competition is sponsored by Nimir Petroleum Company.

Debating societies at UCL, LSE and KCL are getting ready to match their wits with students from Universities including Oxford, Durham and even a Dutch debating team. Debates will taking place all weekend in the ULU building, and the finals will take place in Room 101 at four o’clock. The motion for the final will be “This house would look to the East for inspiration.” A member of the ULU debate team said “ It will be a tough battle amongst the finest teams in the country.”


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