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Plans for a fast food 'exclusion zone' around schools in Milton Keynes

The plans could prevent fast food restaurants operating near schools Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans to introduce a fast food restaurant "exclusion zone" around schools in Milton Keynes will be put to the public, after councillors agreed to push forward with the idea.

The exclusion zone would mean fast food restaurants could no longer open new premises within 400 metres of primary and secondary schools in Milton Keynes.

"We want to do all we can to encourage young people eat healthily. Research shows that where hot food takeaways are situated very close to school, young people will use them regularly. This approach, which could mean stopping new hot food takeaway premises opening very close to schools, is just one action that the Council is considering to support healthy eating locally."

– Milton Keynes Council

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Contractor appointed for £40million teaching centre in Luton

An artist's impression of the new STEM building Credit: University of Bedfordshire

The construction of a £40 million teaching and research 'STEM' building for science and engineering at the University of Bedfordshire is a step closer. Construction firm 'RG Carter' has been appointed to build the STEM centre at the Luton Campus which will be dedicated to teaching and research in the 'stem' subjects such of maths, science, engineering and technology.

“This is part of the University’s wider vision for high-level skills growth in Luton and Bedfordshire. Our new STEM building will support the ambitions of regional policymakers to enhance the skills base in Luton, extending opportunity for local residents and attracting investment to the region.”

– The University’s Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell

The building will also be home to a new Science and Engineering Outreach Centre, which will promote the value of science and engineering to local schools.

RG Carter has been involved in construction projects with universities and other education providers, including Norwich University College of Arts, Cambridge University, The University of East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin University.

The STEM building is due for completion in 2018.

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Cambridge university is looking for a professor of Lego

The Lego Foundation is giving £2.5m to fund the position. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The deadline to become Cambridge University's first ever "professor of Lego" is fast approaching.

The new professorship, which is being partly funded by Lego, is aiming to find someone with a "child-like mindset" to investigate how playtime helps childhood development.

The successful candidate will need to have a background in educational psychology.

If you think you want to apply, be quick because the deadline for applications is Friday.

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