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City news in 250 words: Friday 22 January

Mandelson attacks Manchester universities, Salford gets the go-ahead and oldest woman dies

Published on January 22nd 2010.

City news in 250 words: Friday 22 January

PETER MANDELSON ATTACKS MANCHESTER UNIVERSITIES after warning they must contribute to the wider economy. The Business Secretary criticised Vice-Chancellors for not "investing in the courses and supplying the skilled graduates" badly needed for emerging technologies. Mandelson criticised the "remote, ivory-tower" universities, and expressed no sympathy for lecturers facing job cuts. The attack comes a month after it was announced that university budgets would be slashed by £135m next year.

SALFORD REGENERATION PLANS TO GO AHEAD after being approved by councillors. The £650m development, centred around the Chapel Street area, will include the development of new offices, homes and leisure facilities. Councillor Derek Antrobus, Salford City Council lead member for planning, said, “This is an ambition of local people, local businesses as well as the local council.” The 18-hectare regeneration will also see listed buildings being revitalised.

CORRIE TO GET A ROYAL VISITOR in the shape of the Duchess of Cornwall. Camilla will visit the famous cobbles next month to tie in with the soap’s 50th anniversary, with the several key appointments being as part of her north west of England tour. The Duchess will meet cast members and watch a scene being filmed in the famous Rover’s Return pub.

THE OLDEST WOMAN IN MANCHESTER HAS DIED, aged 110. Born and bred in Blackley, Edna McClure died at North Manchester hospital following a chest infection, which was also the same hospital she was born in. She was believed to be the sixth oldest person in England and eighth oldest in Britain.

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Jamie BoulgerJanuary 22nd 2010.

MMU is hardly a "remote ivory tower" university. The majority of it's students are classed as mature and they have a large proportion of students from the region making it one of the most accessible uni's in the UK

LeeJanuary 22nd 2010.

EDITORIAL: Lee, we're trying to make sure we get members and heroes so we can make the site pay its way and therefore we can get better. It's £3 a month to join as a Friend, we'not asking too much we reckon. Do you do your job, or provide a service, for nothing? As I stated on the old site last week, I can't allow negative comments that might put other members off - the BEEB don't even allow that. JS

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