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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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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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“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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University’s response to strikes leaves staff frustrated

The Joint Negotiating Committee of the principal pension scheme for universities in the UK – the USS – voted to cut university staff pensions by at least 35 per cent on February 22nd.  This comes amid ten days of industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU). Amongst issues of equal pay and fairer […]

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Students Debate Support for UCU Strikes

Friday, 18 February marked the 5th day of a 10 day strike by the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) against the University of Edinburgh, bringing the perennial debate over student support for strike action back into vogue. Student support at Edinburgh for UCU strikes is often high, rarely dropping below 50%. However, some supporters of […]

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UCU hits out at “scandalous pay inequalities” at the university

The University and College Union Edinburgh have criticised the pay disparity between senior management and other staff at the University of Edinburgh.  Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh Peter Mathieson received £392,053 in salary and other benefits for the last academic year, up from £385,455 in 2019.  The university’s median pay is £36,914 and is […]

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Unpaid labour: exploitation of tutorial leaders at the University of Edinburgh

Tutorial leaders are inadequately paid, overworked and under-supported according to data uncovered in an investigation by The Student. Though integral to the academic lives of the 25,951 undergraduates at the university, tutorial leaders are systematically exploited; the university fails to adequately pay their tutors for the amount of work that they are performing, grossly underestimating […]