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1st August 2014 at 01:00

Teenage swimmer adds to record-breaking Games

A schoolgirl helped Scotland to a record medal haul at the Commonwealth Games this week when she won a bronze in swimming. Erraid Davies, 13, came third in the 100m para-sport women's breaststroke final on the fourth day of the international event in Glasgow. At the time of going to press, Team Scotland had won 37 medals in the competition - beating the previous high of 33 awarded in Edinburgh in 1986. Davies, a pupil at Anderson High School in Lerwick, Shetland, began swimming at age 4 after developing a rare hip condition that prevents her from taking part in weight-bearing sports.

Edinburgh to assist in `university of the desert'

Scottish academics will play a role in designing leadership courses for young people on a programme aimed at improving links between Europe and the Middle East. The University of Edinburgh has joined Connecting Cultures, an educational organisation that takes young people aged 18-25 into the deserts of Oman to debate key issues away from the distractions of mobile phones and other technology. Experts from the university will help to develop courses for the project, which is supported by Unesco and the Omani government. For more information, visit www.universityofthedesert.com

Don't miss asthma appointments, children told

Young people with asthma are being urged to attend doctors' appointments after new research showed that patients in Scotland were more likely to miss potentially lifesaving medical checks than any other section of the UK population. Charity Asthma UK made the call after conducting a study of GP data that revealed Scotland had the lowest percentage of patients in the UK attending annual reviews for asthma. More than a third of people north of the border missed essential meetings to check that they were on the right medication and could use their inhalers properly. The findings come in the wake of a UK review that identified prescription errors as a factor in nearly half (47 per cent) of asthma deaths.

Scholarship opportunities for flashy students

Edinburgh College has launched a series of photography scholarships, days after current students showcased their work at a new photography festival in the Scottish capital. The college's development trust has set up the scholarship scheme for HND Year 2 photography and BA professional photography students. Dr Allan Colquhoun, chair of the trust, said that photography contributed more than pound;30 million a year to the Scottish economy, and was "an incredibly important industry to invest in".

New headteacher for Perthshire private school

A renowned supporter of single-sex schools in England has been appointed as headteacher of a private Scottish girls' school. Dorothy MacGinty will take up the role of principal at Kilgraston School in Perthshire next April. She is currently headteacher of St Francis' College in Hertfordshire, where she has developed a range of international programmes for pupils, and also chairs the Girls' School Association's professional development committee.

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