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University of Hertfordshire study suggests that technology is preventing sleep

Technology keeping us awake Credit: ITV Anglia

New research from the University of Hertfordshire suggests computers, tablets and smart phones are adding to an epidemic of sleep deprivation.

A survey indicates that almost seventy eight percent of people in the UK are exposed to sleep-disruptive blue lights from gadgets before going to bed.

Arts University's £10 million plans

Students at The Norwich University of the Arts Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Norwich University of the Arts is to invest in a £10 million expansion, in an effort to become Europe's best specialist university.

Over the next eight years, the number of students could double from 2000 to 4000. There are also plans for more courses, and to create a bigger student campus.

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Cambridge tops league table

Cambridge tops the list for the third year running Credit: Press Association

Cambridge has beaten Oxford to first place in a new university league table.

It's taken the top spot in the latest annual Complete University Guide for the third year running.

Oxford climbed back up to second after dropping down to third place behind the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) last year.

The University of Northampton is the ‘highest climber’ in the rankings. It has jumped 39 places to number 62 in the UK.

University's research boost

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funds UEA research Credit: Press Association

The University of East Anglia in Norwich is to get more than four hundred thousand pounds to encourage students to study for PhD's.

The cash has been given by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

It will be used to pay for 6 students to study for doctorates in chemistry, computing, maths and environmental sciences.

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Scientists find planet which 'could support life'

An artist's impression of the Tau Ceti planetary system, which scientists say could suport life. Credit: PA

Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire have discovered a planet with conditions which could support life.

The planet is in the Tau Ceti system, just 12 light years away. It's one of five thought to be circling Tau Ceti, a sar visible to the naked eye and almost identical to our Sun.

Astronomers estimate the Tau Ceti planets to be 2 to 6 times more massive than Earth. One of them, with five times the Earth's mass, lies in the star's 'habitable zone'.

Also known as the 'Goldilocks zone', this is the orbital region that is neither too hot nor too cold to allow liquid surface water and, potentially, life.

Details of the discovery are to appear in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Teenagers face scramble for clearing places

Teenagers who fall just short of their predicted A-level grades next week are set to face a scramble for the last remaining top university places.

Many leading universities have already declared they are full, and will not be entering clearing this summer, while others expect to have just a handful of places available, a survey by the Press Association suggests

The University of Cambridge will not be taking part in clearing.

The University of East Anglia said it would have a limited number of places available, but added it was currently seeking "well-qualified applicants" through adjustment.

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