Arts students die young
Although apparently the precise cause is unclear, a study of thousands of former Glasgow University students published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine this month reveals that arts and law students are most likely to die early. The paper, invitingly titled ?Association between course of study at university and cause-specific mortality? admits that ?lower mortality risks? were observed for former engineering and medical students which it suggests may be due to ?better employment prospects and healthier lifestyle[s]?.
Imperial?s heatwave advice
Fresh from its recent experience of having to shut down half the campus during the summer due to the power demands of air conditioning, Imperial College has issued some helpful advice for surviving the current heatwave ? open a window. ?Many of us have forgotten how to correctly use the sash windows so carefully installed by the Edwardians and Victorians to maximise airflow,? says Dr Gary Hunt of the Civil Engineering Department.
More e-commerce woe for ICU
Imperial College Union?s long-running and embattled e-commerce project ran into a fresh problem this week when it emerged that the server intended to host the site was a server running a version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, whereas the site itself had been designed to run under a Unix environment. Quite how this minor fact had gone unnoticed remains unclear, though ICU President Mustafa Arif showed excellent skill in understatement when, in an e-mail, he described the server as ?incompatible with the UNIX-based requirements of the ICU Online Shop.?
Bradford clears out
While almost all Imperial students now have their annual exam results, spare a thought for those still waiting for the vital results of their A-levels. The University of Bradford certainly is: Last year the university sent text messages to prospective students wishing them good luck on results day. This year it is offering a free e-cards service in an attempt to attract students to its clearing website.