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Interviews from the Picket Line

A December strike by the University and College Union (UCU) Edinburgh branch against the University of Edinburgh – the first in what may be many strikes during the 21/22 academic year – recently drew to a close. Some UCU members on the Old College picket line and at a UCU rally on Bristo Square spoke […]

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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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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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Principal and Vice-Chancellor Peter Mathieson addresses UCU strikes in interview

Peter Mathieson, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, gave an interview to students Honor Crean and Grace Volante about the current UCU strikes and other topics. The interview was conducted as part of the ‘Espresso Series’ radio show, through FreshAir.org.uk. Crean and Volante described its purpose as discussing with Mathieson “…his relations […]

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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 […]