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Marking and assessment boycott cancelled by UCU

Earlier this month, the University and College Union (UCU) announced plans for another round of strike action to start on Monday 23rd May over pay and working conditions. In an unprecedented move, this was to include a marking and assessment boycott, potentially affecting many students including those wishing to graduate in the coming months. However, […]

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Gordon Aikman Reclaimed: Was it worth it? 

This article was originally submitted on the 26th March The Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre was occupied by students from the Staff-Student Solidarity Network Edinburgh, Youth In Resistance Edinburgh, and the Edinburgh University Justice for Palestine Society.  The takeover began on Saturday March 19 and lasted until Friday March 25.  The occupation had several aims: to […]

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Students, Staff, and Strikes: What do people think?

This week, the university is facing industrial action for the third time this academic year over the same issues; pension cuts of 35%, unfair working conditions, and unequal pay.  As this comes towards the end of the semester with deadlines drawing close, both students and staff have expressed irritation. Fourth-year students in particular, currently working […]

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University’s response to strikes leaves staff frustrated

The Joint Negotiating Committee of the principal pension scheme for universities in the UK – the USS – voted to cut university staff pensions by at least 35 per cent on February 22nd.  This comes amid ten days of industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU). Amongst issues of equal pay and fairer […]

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Edinburgh staff vote for strike action

Staff at the University of Edinburgh have voted this week for strike action over pension cuts, pay and working conditions alongside colleagues at dozens of other British universities. With a turnout of 59 per cent, which is higher than the 50 per cent requirement for strike action to be legal, 82 per cent voted in […]

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Strike action on cards as union ballots university staff

The University and College Union (UCU), the trade union that represents much of the UK’s higher education academic and support staff, has today confirmed that they will ballot members about possible strike action. Ballots – more commonly known as votes – will open at universities, including the University of Edinburgh, on Monday 18 October and […]

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Why you should back your striking lecturers

You probably feel like you’ve seen this all before. Another round of strikes, another fortnight of inconvenience, another sanctimonious editorial telling you why you should be more sympathetic. It’s entirely understandable why students, driven by passionate interest in their subject, desire to attain good grades and, let’s face it, frustration at a lack of remuneration, […]

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Striking staff’s wages to be reinvested in student hardship fund

University of Edinburgh Principal Peter Mathieson announced on Thursday in an email to students that additional funds arising from striking staff’s unpaid wages are to be invested in the Student Hardship Fund, as well as in an all-new Student Opportunity Fund. On the topic of salaries forfeited by UCU members who took part in industrial […]