Credit that

18th February 2005 at 00:00
A survey of a cross-section of higher education institutions in England and Scotland has revealed that Strathclyde University's male graduates leave owing an average of pound;9,722 - pound;3,000 less than the average UK student.

And for reasons unexplained, female graduates end up owing slightly more at pound;9,781 - only female students at Brighton University expect to owe less. According to Strathclyde uni secretary Peter West, the students'

parsimony - sorry, commendable husbandry - is due to a number of factors, including the high number who stay at home and the part-time work available to them.

West also claims it is also a result of warnings about the consequences of poor money management and taking on too much debt.

In which case parents of students at Queen Mary, University of London, should seek to employ West's persuasive ways, which might perhaps go some way to reducing their offspring's average debts of pound;19,700.

So keen is Strathclyde to make its point that the item appears twice on different pages in the in-house journal Prism.

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