No. 4495 Thursday 10 December 1998 Vol. 129

New regime to replace college fees : The Secretary of State for Education and Employment, Mr David Blunkett, this week announced the final funding arrangements for Oxford and Cambridge, signalling the end of publicly funded undergraduate college fees.

Oxford instrument on board Mars space orbiter : University scientists are playing their part in the American space programme with Oxford-designed instruments aboard the new Mars orbiter, to be launched this week, and involvement in plans for a manned landing.

Common law themes to endure, says Bingham : The future of the common law will continue in much the same way it has since the reign of Henry II, argued Lord Bingham, Lord Chief Justice of England, at the inaugural Chatham Lecture on 30 October.

Economist to head Queen's College : Sir Alan Budd, former Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury and Head of the Government Economic Service (1991–7), has been elected as the new Provost of Queen's College.

Congregation backs reforms in governance : Congregation gave broad support to the report of the working party on governance, the first consultation document published in the wake of the Commission of Inquiry.

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