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Universities urged to eliminate zero-hours contracts

Pressure is growing for Scottish universities to scrap zero hours contracts completely. Recent research saw 79 per cent of Scottish university staff were on these contracts, compared with an average of 53 per cent in the UK. A spokesperson for The University of Edinburgh told The Student that they “stopped using ‘hours to be notified’ […]

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Sturgeon targets “blight of inequality” with jobs plan

Nicola Sturgeon has introduced measures to bring down the “blight of inequality” in Scotland. Sturgeon, who will be standing as leader of the SNP in May’s general election, introduced a program of legislation which is starkly different to that of her predecessor, Alex Salmond. Salmond had before pledged a decrease in corporation tax three per […]

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Labour accuse universities of “locking out” poorer students

Jim Murphy, leader of Scottish Labour, has criticised student recruitment at Scottish universities, particular the University of Edinburgh. Murphy, who is also MP for East Renfrewshire, said that higher education institutions across Scotland were responsible for “locking out” the majority of potential local students. Speaking at a meeting of his shadow cabinet in Edinburgh, he […]

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Minority groups must fight together against discrimination

Roger Cuckierman, chairman of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (Crif) last week prompted a huge outcry when he claimed, “The National Front is a party for which I would never vote but it’s a party which today doesn’t commit violent acts. Let’s be clear: all the violence [against Jewish people] is now committed by […]

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Stirling Uni footballers facing punishment after ‘blacking up’ controversy

Students at Stirling University have been accused of racism on a social evening celebrating the Africa Cup of Nations. Students from the University’s football team, which plays in the Scottish Lowland League, were seen ´blacking up´ on the streets of Stirling and issuing threats to any passers by who condemned their behaviour. The university has […]