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UCU and NUS hold joint rally outside Scottish Parliament

On Tuesday February 23, the University and College Union (UCU) and National Union of Students (NUS) hosted a joint rally outside the Scottish Parliament, which was attended by hundreds of university staff members on strike and interested student and community supporters. The rally comes during a 10 day strike action by UCU branches across the […]

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December strike caused minimal disruption, but raises concerns over the future

Students have reported minimal disruption from the teaching strike that took place from 1-3 December, likely due to how few teaching hours they have anyway. Brigid McMorrow,  a fourth year student, explained that “I don’t feel that the strikes have been massively disruptive. I study English literature and I only have four contact hours per […]

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Scottish Universities sidelined by No-Deal Brexit contingency plans

Last week, The National Union of Students Scotland (NUS) President, Liam McCabe, decried UK government plans concerning the status of European Union (EU) students studying in Scotland post-Brexit as “shortsighted, impractical and ignorant.” This came amidst serious fears that Scottish Universities will disproportionately suffer in a no-deal scenario. McCabe’s comments come following the recent release […]

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The NUS Conference was an overwhelming success. So why the obsession with ‘jazz hands’?

Last March, I was honoured to be elected as part of Edinburgh’s delegation to the NUS national conference. As a first-year undergraduate student, it represented an exciting opportunity to engage with student issues, and to represent our university’s students at a national level. I was also apprehensive. The NUS has been the subject of much […]