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Two students contract TB

Two male students at Forth Valley College's Falkirk campus have contracted tuberculosis, health officials confirmed. They are an 18-year-old from the Forth Valley area and a 20-year-old from the Lothian area. Both men were receiving treatment and neither was infectious, NHS Forth Valley said. Leaflets with advice about TB are being distributed to the wider college community.

Participation peak for DofE award

Participation in the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award in Scotland has reached its highest-ever level. Last year, 16,640 young people started a Bronze, Silver or Gold award programme, an 11 per cent increase on 2009- 10. There was also a 15 per cent increase in the number of full awards being achieved, which surpassed the 6,000 mark for the first time. Young people with additional support needs make up more than a fifth of all participants.

In the post-16 cause `taygether'

Students at Abertay and Dundee universities, and at Angus College, have launched a campaign addressing the issues surrounding post-16 education in the area. "All Taygether Now" is calling on the Scottish Government to enhance access to and availability of student places, invest in student support, and promote diversity in further and higher education. It will culminate in a rally at the Scottish Parliament on 6 December.

`Solar Meadow' plans unveiled

Jewel and Esk College has unveiled plans to transform a one-acre plot next to its Midlothian Campus into "Solar Meadow", a large energy generator with 700-800 solar panels. It will produce about 1,076 kilowatts of energy daily, enough for the campus to be self-sufficient and save about pound;150,000 a year in electricity bills. The project is due to be completed by the end of the year and will cost pound;300,000.

Ladybird book flies into P1

A free copy of Julia Donaldson's award-winning book, What the Ladybird Heard, is being given to every P1 child in Scotland in November, the Scottish Book Trust has announced. Some 60,000 copies of the book, the winner of the early years category at 2010 Scottish Children's Book Awards, have been distributed to classrooms across the country as part of the Bookbug book-gifting programme, the early-years initiative aiming to give every child a lifelong love of reading.

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