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Professor Alan Smithers and Dr Pamela Robinson will shortly complete their move from Manchester to Brunel University in Middlesex, along with their Centre for Education and Employment Research. So they say.

As Carborundum has already noted, these are prestigious scalps for Brunel, whose educational research rating will doubtless rise considerably. Manchester's reaction to this and the consequent loss of regular Government research contracts has been sensitive.

Indeed Professor Roger Iredale, director of the Manchester University's school of education, wrote to our sister organ, The Times Higher Education Supplement, to correct any mistaken "impression that the centre for education and employment is leaving Manchester with Professor Smithers."

Professor Smithers thinks otherwise: the centre, he says, is going south. He claims that a large removal van will settle the matter.

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