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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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New UCU strike dates announced for March

Staff at the University of Edinburgh will strike again from Monday March 21 to Friday March 25, over pension cuts, working conditions and pay.   This new strike action comes after 10 days of strikes in February. The University and College Union (UCU) announced last Friday that universities will face more  strikes before Easter, with strikes at […]

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“The bottom line is we feel abused and exploited”: Interviews on the picket line

Members of the UCU Edinburgh trade union have now completed a 10 day strike action against the University of Edinburgh on issues of pay, working conditions, and pensions. The Student asked several striking staff members online and at a staff rally about the impacts the issues concerned in the strike have had on them, their […]

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National Union of Students call on students to take strike action

The National Union of Students (NUS) have encouraged students across the UK to take part in a ‘Walk Out / Teach In’ strike on March 2nd. The aim of the protest is to create a forum enabling the discussion of ‘radical’ new approaches to higher education, such as the abolition of tuition fees, the creation […]