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Bedford welcomes 10,000 students for university convention

The two day convention is the largest of its kind in the East. Credit: ITV Anglia

More than 10,000 students from across the region will be at Bedford University today to learn more about higher education.

The two day UCAS convention - the largest of it's kind in the region - will see 16 & 17 year old from around Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Milton Keynes meet with institutions from all over the country.

UEA scientists to work on £8m project to predict monsoons

Researchers will be using underwater robots to monitor ocean conditions. Credit: UEA

Scientists in Norwich are heading to India this morning to help with a project that can predict monsoon rainfall there.

Researchers at the UEA will be using underwater robots in the Bay of Bengal to monitor how ocean conditions influence the climate.

It's hoped the £8 million project will help forecast the rains more accurately, and so reduce any damage caused.

Lowestoft rocker reunited with pet cat... three years after she went missing

A microchip scan revealed Cully's famous owner. Credit: Cats Protection

The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins has been reunited with his pet cat - three years after she went missing.

Ten-year-old Cully was found living as a stray in Lowestoft last month. She was handed in to the charity Cats Protection, where a microchip scan revealed her famous owner.

Justin Hawkins said losing his cat was Credit: Cats Protection

“Losing Cully was heartbreaking for me and my family but I always knew in my heart that she was still alive; I could just feel it.

She's always loved the great outdoors. I periodically checked in with the relevant databases and kept my details up-to-date because I knew this day would come."

– Justin Hawkins, musician


Funding awarded for research into child PTSD

The UEA hope to help those who've experienced domestic abuse.

Scientists at the University of East Anglia have been awarded three quarters of a milllion pounds to research therapies for children affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.

The research will look at ways of helping youngsters who have been through experiences like abuse of domestic violence have better mental health.

Northamptonshire Police launch countywide domestic abuse campaign

A video raising awareness of domestic violence.

Northamptonshire Police have launched their countywide domestic abuse campaign.

It targets both men and women, who can be victims and offenders.

Thirteen per cent of all crime in the county last year was domestic abuse related.

That means that between January 2015 and December 2015, of the 48,167 crimes recorded, 6,308 of them were related to domestic abuse.

School's Out: University lecturers to stage 48hr walk out

A member of the UCU planning strike action Credit: PA Images

Lecturers at UK universities will launch a 48-hour strike today after talks failed to resolve a pay row.

Staff at the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin and the University of Essex are among those planning to take action.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will also refuse to work overtime, set additional work, or undertake any voluntary duties like covering timetabled classes for absent colleagues.

If the dispute is not resolved in the coming weeks, members have agreed to further strike action which could affect open days, graduation ceremonies and the clearing process.

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