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Cambridge scientists working on the secrets of the universe

British scientists are working around the clock in Geneva to try to recreate the high energy conditions similar to those at the start of the universe.

The power at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland was recently increased and research has just restarted at the site.

Among those working at the world's largest particle accelerator are scientists from the University of Cambridge.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News correspondent David Wood


Welsh rugby player to study for Masters degree at Cambridge University

Welsh rugby player Jamie Roberts is to study for a Masters degree in Medical Science and surgery at Cambridge University alongside his rugby duties.

Roberts has 69 caps for Wales and is already a qualified doctor after studying at Cardiff University.

"I'm also delighted and feel very privileged to have been accepted to study at Cambridge University and look forward to furthering my education part-time alongside my professional playing career. That balance in my life has served me well in the past."

– Jamie Roberts, Wales midfielder

Public to contribute to UK constitution

King College, Cambridge Credit: PA Images

People in Cambridge are being asked to draft a new UK constitution.

It's to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The event is part of a 10-week internet project to give people a direct say on how the country should be run. It takes place at Cambridge University later today.

Human rights lawyer and IPA Director Professor Conor Gearty says the lack of a formal Constitution in the UK is the basis for the crowd sourcing project.

"With the public's help, we have already agreed on a set of values which will underpin a new Constitution. It is crucial that we get the views of ordinary people and not rely on academics or politicians to dominate the debate."

– Conor Gearty


Child actor in Roald Dahl film re-make graduates from Cambridge University

University of Cambridge graduate Freddie Highmore Credit: Press Association

The child actor Freddie Highmore who played "Charlie Bucket" in the re-make of Roald Dahl's classic, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, has graduated from the University of Cambridge with a double first in Spanish and Arabic.

The 22-year-old from north London, has been juggling his studies at Emmanuel College with his acting.

His publicist Vanessa Davies said."Freddie Highmore has successfully managed to balance his four year studies at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, with a starring role as Norman Bates opposite Vera Farmiga in two seasons of the Bates Motel for A&E."

Johnny Depp with a young Freddie Highmore Credit: Press Association

Freddie shot to fame when he appeared alongside Johnny Depp in 2005. Now he is all grown up and at 22, has now completed his four year degree.

Cambridge University admits drop in state school places

Fewer state school pupils won a place at Cambridge University in 2013. Credit: PA

Fewer state school pupils won a place at Cambridge University in 2013, new figures show.

Statistics published by the institution show a rise in the proportion of places handed to youngsters educated privately.

Overall, applications to the university rose to a record high, with 16,185 people applying - up 3.1% on the year before.

The figures cover students applying from September 2012 onwards to start a degree course at Cambridge in October last year, as well as those deferring their entry to this autumn.

The data shows that just over three in five places (61.4%) were awarded to students attending UK state schools and colleges - down from 63.3% in 2012.

And more than a third of places (38.6%) went to youngsters who went to a private school - up from 36.7% in 2012.

The university said its target, across its colleges, is to take between 61% and 63% of its students from state schools by 2015/16, and this target has been agreed with the Office For Fair Access (OFFA).

Dr Rowan Williams says society doesn't care for the poor

It's been just over a year since the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, became Master of Magdalene College Cambridge.

During that time he's worked with the city's foodbank and has told ITV News Anglia that we are in danger of becoming a society which no longer cares for the poor.

Click above to watch his interview with ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper.

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