Student's high jinks
The Scottish Daily Mail
A Robert Gordon's College pupil climbed an 80ft spire and left a flag and a traffic cone on top in a practical joke to mark his final day in class. Eighteen-year-old Chris Matthews carried out the stunt in the middle of the night and a crane was needed to retrieve items. He is said to have been pulled out of the private school and could face a bill of pound;1,300.
Health service failure
The UK's children and families minister has said the health service is failing some of the country's most vulnerable young people by not providing much-needed speech and language therapy or essentials, such as a wheelchair. Sarah Teather, who spent most of her secondary school years in a wheelchair, said while health workers often agreed a child needed a wheelchair, the wait could be long and "nobody pays for it".
Call to protect jobs
University and FE lecturers rallied outside the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday to demand protection for jobs and the funding of higher education. The UCU and EIS demonstrators called for the Government to meet the funding gap in Scottish higher education, for university bosses to hold off on cuts while the situation is being addressed, and for MSPs to review the management and governance of colleges and universities.
Answers on a laptop
Scotland on Sunday
Edinburgh University is considering allowing students to write their exam answers on laptops. Senior university officials said it was unfair to expect undergraduates to resort to pen and paper in exams when most of their coursework is done on computers. Divinity students at Edinburgh are already allowed to use laptops to type up their answers and a consultation has now been launched to consider the extension of "e-exams" across other subjects.
Vets' course rescued
The veterinary nursing course at Telford College is to be saved through a partnership with local vets and changes to the course after it was threatened by cuts to the college's budget. Vet practices near the college will subsidise placements for students and teaching will take place in the form of independent learning to reduce costs. Veterinary nursing has been taught at Telford for 20 years.