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University staff to strike for 3 days this semester

Following the meeting of representatives from University and College Union (UCU) branches across the UK last Friday 12 November, the UCU announced their strike dates.  The strikes are set to be held from Wednesday 1 December to Friday 3 December, lasting a total of three days, meaning that students will face disruption to their teaching […]

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Second round of UCU strikes scheduled for February and March

On Monday 3 February, the University and Colleges’ Union (UCU) announced a second round of strikes beginning on 20 February, following strikes last year in November and December. There will be 14 strike days in total across a four-week period, with escalating action culminating in a week-long walkout starting on Monday 13 March. The strikes […]

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Mathieson’s pay is a sign of wider systemic problems

The early months of 2018 will be memorable at the University of Edinburgh for two reasons: the appointment of Principal Peter Mathieson and the staff strikes for pension security. The new principal’s whopping salary of £342,000 per year comes at a stark contrast to those of the underpaid, undervalued staff that keep the university running. […]

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Stanton megabucks deal a sign of sport’s trend for excess

The recent contract awarded to Miami Marlins’ hitter Giancarlo Stanton is so exorbitant that it has made more headlines globally than the World Series win by the San Francisco  Giants in October. These days, it takes a $325 million contract to be paid over 13 years before the sporting world will take notice. Having gradually […]