Former Universities minister and Southampton Itchen MP John Denham (Labour) talks about the crisis facing the funding of degrees.
A list of university rankings has been published. Oxford University has slipped one place to third in the survey. Cambridge is still top in the Complete University Guide published today. Southampton, Sussex, Reading and Kent universities all appear in the top thirty five.
Two universities in Manchester say they are doing their own inquiries into the behaviour of students on a Dover to Calais ferry. P & O has refused to bring them back from the continent after their drunken rampage on the "Spirit of France" ferry on April the 1st.
Four coach loads of students from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University embarked on the journey organised by an external travel operator. Students from other northern universities were also thought to be on board the early morning sailing.
Both Manchester universities say they will try to find out who the main troublemakers were.