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Mayor of London visiting Northampton University

The Mayor of London will be swapping the capital for Northamptonshire today.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson taking part in a boxing session earlier this week Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Boris Johnson is visiting Northampton University to see how undergraduates are learning about the town's shoe industry.

He is also going to Corby with Northampton North MP Michael Ellis to discuss transport issues.

Many Midlands parents struggling with schooling costs

New research says three quarters of parents in the West Midlands, and more than half in the East Midlands, struggle to keep up with the basic costs of their child's schooling.

Three-quarters of parents are struggling with the basic costs of schooling Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Children's Society says in total £504million is spent to meet the basic costs of children's schooling.

Individually, parents in the West Midlands spend £679 per child per year, and in the East Midlands £800 per child per year, on:

  • uniforms
  • sports kits
  • school meals
  • trips
  • books
  • stationary
  • computers for homework
  • travel to/from school
  • summer clubs/activities

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Largest training centre for Army cadets opens its doors

Cadets on display at the opening ceremony Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £7.2 million training centre for army cadets has been opened in Northamptonshire.

It replaces old First and Second World War buildings used to train cadets at Yardley Chase since the 1980s.

The new centre, partly paid for by the Ministry of Defence can accomodate nearly 200 army, air and sea cadets at any one time and is the largest training centre of its kind in the UK.

Army, air and sea cadets will use the centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

The army cadets were first formed nearly 160 years ago. The aim to challenge and educate young people and to find potential military recruits.

One of the cadets using the new facilities Credit: ITV News Anglia

The cadets are sponsored by the Army, although they aren't part of it. Some go on to have distinguished military careers.

"It's not what the movement's about but certainly 15% of regular personnel in the army have been cadets and for reserve forces it's slightly higher, it's 17% so there's a natural pull through but in the charter of the cadets is promoting an interest in uniformed service and mentoring those people who are showing an interest."

– Major General Robert Nitsch General Officer Commanding Support Command

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Multi-million pound engineering training centre to open

A new £5.8 million engineering training centre for the East Midlands is being opened today.

The £5.8m new engineering training centre opens today Credit: PA

West Nottinghamshire College hopes the centre will be a hub for vocational learning in the region, with the aim of developing in-demand skills in youngsters to help plug employment gaps across a number of sectors.

Loughborough University top for student life

Loughborough University offers the best quality of student life Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Loughborough University offers the best quality of student life according to a recent survey.

The university scored highly in terms of student satisfaction, employment rates and social life - around 94 per cent of final year students find a job or carry on studying.

The institution also rated well in accommodation costs and social life.

The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University also made it into the top thirty.

The poll was carried out as part of the annual Lloyds Bank Quality of Student Life survey, which uses data to rate universities on areas such as course satisfaction, accommodation costs, employment and earnings of graduates and social life.

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