Universities across the South West contribute billions of pounds to the region according to a new report. The 12 Universities created 1.7 billion in revenue in 2011/2012. The University of Exeter alone contributed six hundred million pounds.
They also generate more than fifty thousand jobs across the South West.
At least five schools in the west country have begun legal action over changes to the GCSE marking system.
Many students who were predicted to get grade Cs in their English papers actually got Ds.
Penryn College and The Taunton Academy are among those challenging the exam regulators Ofqual and exam bodies. They want the papers to be marked in the same way as those taken earlier in the academic year.