King denies retirement
Scotland's longest-serving university principal has denied he has retired, just days after Abertay University announced his departure. Professor Bernard King, who is currently suspended from his post at the university, issued a statement on Monday in which he categorically denied he had left. He said he remained in dispute over the terms of an extension of a contract agreed with the university last year.
Celebration day for UHI
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The long struggle to create a new University of the Highlands and Islands is to be celebrated with a day of pomp and ceremony in Inverness on 25 August, with processions, pageantry and pipes and drums. UHI principal and vice-chancellor James Fraser said: "We are laying the foundations of an institution which will last for many hundreds of years and will transform the economic, cultural and social prospects of the people who live in this part of Scotland."
Best place to work named
l One of Scotland's leading universities has been voted "the best place to work in academia" in Britain for a second year, in the annual survey compiled by the Scientist magazine. Dundee University has also been placed sixth in the worldwide list of institutions where scientists can work.
Pupils' bigoted remarks
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Almost 2,000 pupils in Scotland were reported to education authorities for making bigoted remarks over the past three years. More than half of the incidents involved children of primary school age and, in some cases, toddlers were labelled racist, sectarian or homophobic. In the majority of cases, parents were informed while in others pupils were excluded or suspended from school and the police called in.
A local authority is considering building a half-mile footway linking a school with a branch of McDonald's used by scores of pupils every day. Nicknamed McPath, the link between the school and the burger bar could cost up to pound;100,000. The proposed path from Brynteg School in Bridgend, south Wales, to a retail park is being discussed by councillors and the school. Critics believe it could prompt more pupils to shun healthy school meals.