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City news in 250 words: Thursday 24 March

Full fees at the University of Manchester, £33,000 for annual car insurance and Chapel Street traffic

Published on March 24th 2011.

City news in 250 words: Thursday 24 March

MAXIMUM FEES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER: The University of Manchester has announced plans to charge students £9,000 in fees from 2012. Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, said: “The University’s Board of Governors agreed to the headline fee of £9,000 very reluctantly, but we believe that this is necessary to ensure and improve the quality of teaching and the wider experience that we offer to all of our students, and it reflects the value of a Manchester degree in the employment market.”

£33,000 FOR CAR INSURANCE: A teenager from Salford has been quoted almost £33,000 by the AA to insure his second-hand car. Jake Redshaw, 17, from Salford, bought the six-year-old Vauxhall Corsa for £3,000. A spokesman for the AA said the high risk associated with young male drivers meant the average industry quote for a UK male aged 17 to 22 was £2,750 and the figure quoted was a mistake.

CHILL FACTORE AND DAYTONA GET BIEBER VISIT: During his time in Manchester this week, 17-year0old Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, took a trip to Chill Factore and Daytona go-kart racing. The singer was in the city to play two gigs at the MEN

CHAPEL STREET TRAFFIC PROBLEMS: Motorists have been caught up in long queues on the A6 in Salford since it was reduced to one lane in each direction as part of work to regenerate the Chapel Street area and widen its pavements for pedestrians. Salford City Council leader John Merry has asked commuters to bear with them.

This week in 1836: The first stone of the School for the Deaf and Dumb, and of Henshaw’s Blind Asylum, Old Trafford, was laid on 23 March 1836. @revealmcr for other Twitter Manchester facts

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AnonymousMarch 24th 2011.

Fair play I say. As someone who didn't go to University I've long wanted to know why my taxes go towards funding a load of kids getting pissed, studying some random subject for the sake of it and then getting an unrelated job paying much more money than any similar job would to people without the bit of paper.

D KesslerMarch 24th 2011.

Well anon - I sincerely hope you don't play the lottery then.

If you do you must be really angry about all that working class gambling addicts money going to middle class funding of the arts, museums and nicely designed pedestrian areas. Jesus! Education is about raising standards, otherwise the likes of you would still be working in the mines and heating your homes with coal fires, remember that?

DibigoApril 14th 2011.

Is it only the working class that play the lotto then?

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