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Rise in Brits attending uni abroad

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Dorset police crackdown on alcohol crime

Police in Dorset will be carrying out additional patrols and offering advice to students during freshers' week to reduce alcohol related crime.

It comes as part of the 'In Focus' campaign which will run over five days from 18th to 22nd September.

It aims to highlight the realities of dealing with drunkenness and alcohol-related incidents.

The campaign coincides with freshers' week - when new students arrive at their chosen universities.

Police hope that a greater presence will help people face up to the problems of excessive drinking.

University Liaison Officer PC Andy Scarratt said: "We will be offering students advice on staying safe whilst on nights out. Our aim is for individuals to enjoy their student experience, but in a safe and well informed way.”

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'Sigh of relief' as Uni applications go up

Universities breathed a sigh of relief today as new figures showed the number of applications for degree courses were up.

In total, there's been a 3.5 per cent increase on last year. The news follows a drop of ten per cent in England in 2011 - the first year of higher tuition fees.

The Universities of Kent, Southampton, Oxford and Bournemouth are now all reporting figures that are stable - rising - or even breaking records.

Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports and speaks to Karen Pichlman, Head of Admissions, University of Bournemouth, Steven Holdcroft, Head of Admissions, University of Kent, and Prof Alix Neill, University of Southampton.

Students keen to go to University despite tuition fees

The application rates of 18 year olds across the UK are at, or near, their highest recorded levels. Credit: Press Association

Figures released today by UCAS show the number of students applying to go to university has risen by 3.5%

Application rates, which take population changes into account, show that the proportion of English 18 year olds applying in 2013 has increased by one percentage point.

Applications to Bournemouth University have increased by 2.5% from last year whilst Southampton has seen a 7% rise.

The number of applications hasn't returned to 2011 levels, but the signs are being seen as an encouraging step by the government.

It was thought that numbers would be down because of tuition fees and the rise in apprenticeship schemes.

Applications in Kent have previously fallen by over six percent, but have risen sharply to pre-tuition fee levels.

New Vice-Chancellor for Portsmouth University

Professor Graham Galbraith who is currently deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire

Portsmouth University has revealed who its new Vice-Chancellor will be. Professor Graham Galbraith, currently deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, will take over in September from Professor John Craven who is retiring after 16 years in the post.

Chairman of the Board of Governors, Stuart Iles, said: “He brings with him a wealth of management experience and a strong entrepreneurial outlook which, combined with a substantial record of academic achievement, makes him an ideal person to lead the University forward."

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Britain's youngest university student - aged 12

He passed his GCSEs aged 8. He got A-levels in maths aged 9. And now, a few weeks after turning 12, he is Britain's youngest university student.

Xavier Gordon-Brown, from Sussex, has just embarked on a Mathematics degree with the Open University, alongside learning three languages and taking a Grade 8 exams in Piano, Clarinet and Violin. Derek Johnson went to meet the child prodigy at his home in Haywards Heath.

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