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‘Stupid’, ‘corrupt’, ‘it’s tone deaf’ – students react to Mathieson’s knighthood

Peter Mathieson, Vice-Chancellor and principal of the University of Edinburgh, has received a knighthood for his ‘services to higher education’. This week, The Student asked students for their responses, and heard criticisms of the principal involving his handling of strike action, his compensation for his role, and the ongoing student housing crisis. One student said […]

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Staff Strikes – a rallying call to physical solidarity

Following a record approval of over 80 per cent on ballots concerning both pensions and working conditions, UCU members nationwide have commenced another round of historic strike action. As 4th year students we’ve lost countless weeks of university to strikes, and have a right to be frustrated, especially considering the astronomical amounts we fork out […]

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University lecturers, other teaching staff to strike on 24, 25, and 30 November

Members of the University and College Union (UCU), which includes lecturers and other teaching staff at the University of Edinburgh, are set to strike on 24, 25, and 30 November. The action comes after the union and the University could not come to an agreement on pension and pay and working conditions disputes raised by […]

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Scary spooky strikes

Just in case anyone has had their heads in the sand, there is something much scarier than ghosts or skeletons approaching. Strikes, strikes, and yet more strikes. Whilst the English Tory government engages in some kind  of horrifying, self-gratuitous, auto-erotic cannibalism; approaching governance in the same way a preying mantis approaches sex (pick which ever […]

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Firefighters take ongoing pay dispute to Holyrood

On Thursday 27 October, hundreds of firefighters protested outside of Holyrood in response to a proposal for a five per cent pay rise.  After being balloted for this pay rise, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has suggested its members should reject it, with another ballot expected for strike action. The five per cent pay rise […]

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ASLEF votes to accept 5% pay increase with ScotRail, ending industrial action

This article was originally submitted on July 12. ScotRail train drivers have voted to accept a 5% pay increase and improvements to working conditions, according to their trade union, the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF). Their acceptance of the agreement will bring to an end two months of industrial action, which saw […]

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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 […]