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In conversation with activists at the forefront of the Gordon Aikman takeover

In the week of March 21st, activists from three student groups, Youth in Resistance (YinR), Justice for Palestine Society (JPS) and Student-Staff Solidarity Network (SSSN) ‘reclaimed’ the Gordon Aikman lecture theatre by taking and holding the building for a week whilst opening the space to other students for activities and events. On Thursday, I sat […]

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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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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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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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Further UCU strike dates announced for February

University staff are to strike for up to 10 days in February over pensions, pay and working conditions the University and College Union (UCU) have announced.  Having already participated in strike action last semester, University of Edinburgh staff will strike again this semester in what the UCU has deemed “a fight for the future of […]

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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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December strike caused minimal disruption, but raises concerns over the future

Students have reported minimal disruption from the teaching strike that took place from 1-3 December, likely due to how few teaching hours they have anyway. Brigid McMorrow,  a fourth year student, explained that “I don’t feel that the strikes have been massively disruptive. I study English literature and I only have four contact hours per […]

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Covid fears move UCU rally online

The University and College Union (UCU) Scotland held an online rally on Thursday, December 2nd: the second day of strike action across the higher education sector. The hour-long event was originally planned to be in front of the Scottish Parliament building but was moved online amid fears of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, and live-streamed […]