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University secures funding

The University of Strathclyde has secured #163;6.7 million European funding for the construction of its flagship Technology and Innovation Centre. The #163;89 million centre will bring academics together with international industrial partners to pursue solutions to today's most urgent global challenges - energy, climate change, global health - and to enhance businesses' competitive standing.

'Glowing report card' for Glasgow

A joint evaluation of Glasgow City Council's education service by the council and HMIE has resulted in "a glowing report card", according to Stephen Curran, the city's education convener. The validated self-evaluation examined whether children and families were healthy and active, nurtured, included and achieving. It praised the "strong leadership" of director Maureen McKenna and the council's vision.

Looking into legislation

Legislation will be considered to ensure that communities across Scotland have access to learning opportunities, including parenting classes and English tuition, needed to develop skills and help people into jobs. Education secretary Michael Russell has indicated that legislation for local authorities will be explored as part of the post-16 education bill. The move coincides with the publication of guidance which aims to ensure that community learning and development opportunities are more closely aligned with local need.

Springboard to success

Edinburgh City Council is urging young people considering a career in hospitality, tourism or leisure to sign up for the Springboard charity's prestigious summer school before 25 June. The three-week internship programme provides students with an in-depth look at what the hospitality sector has to offer and leads to industry qualifications. They will then be given a placement with a city employer, providing them with valuable work experience. Visit www.hot careers.org.uk

Compete for best bog gong

Schools are being encouraged to take part in a competition to uncover which boasts the best bogs. A recent Scottish Parent Teacher Council survey uncovered "horror stories" about children unwilling to use dirty, smelly toilets. Those who have lovely loos, however, are encouraged by the council to enter the Bog Standard campaign called School Toilet Award. www.bog-standard.org.

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