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Leeds Professors Strike Over ‘Sacker’s Charter’

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Staff at Leeds undertook industrial action this week, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Members of the University and Colleges Union are protesting against a proposed change to University Statutes. The new policy, dubbed the ‘Sacker’s Charter,’ would allow employees to be dismissed under the reasoning: ‘Some Other Substantial Reason.’ Picket … Read More

Judge Refuses Wetherspoon’s Appeal

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A judge has upheld the decision to refuse J D Wetherspoon an alcohol license for the grade-two listed Elinor Lupton Centre on Otley Road, Headingley. The long-running bid to turn the iconic building into a 500-capacity eatery took a further step backward after a Leeds Magistrates’ Court district judge sided … Read More

Tuition Fees: Where do the Two Main Parties Stand?

12 months ago / 0 comments

Conservatives Theresa May has pledged to cap tuition fees at the current rate of £9,250 a year, as well as raising the earning threshold for beginning repayments from £21,000 to £25,000 a year. She has also promised a review of higher education and student funding in the long term, with … Read More

Academics Threaten Strikes Over Pensions

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With the raising of university tuition, Vice-Chancellors have been accused of being fat cats creaming off the increased fees.  Yet the financial position of most academics is far from secure.  The University Superannuation Scheme (USS) – the pension fund for more than 390,000 academics – now has the largest pension debt … Read More

Campus Watch

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University of St Andrews, Scotland: One student suspended and six disciplined after ‘acid attack threat’ One student has been suspended and six disciplined after indirect threats made through a Facebook group chat.  These threats were made to third-year female undergraduates at St Andrews University. Not only did they include threats about … Read More

Leeds Academics Announce Strike Action

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Staff at the University of Leeds have announced a three-day strike next week, from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th October. Many Leeds academics are taking part, in a dispute over employment procedures. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) argue that management is adding new dismissal policy that would … Read More

May Offers Tentative Olive Branch For Students

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The government has promised to freeze fees at the current rate of £9,250. In an interview on Sunday with Andrew Marr, Theresa May went back on her campaign pledge to increase tuition fees to £9,500,  claiming to have ‘listened to voters’ following the June election. The U-turn represents just one part … Read More

Students Should Live Modestly, Claims Minister

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Following headlines about maintenance loans leaving students short on cash every month, Jo Johnson, the Universities minister, has said students need “a frugal existence” in order to get by.  After being informed about the fact that many students struggle to cover their rent, Johnson said students can work or save, … Read More

Police Appeal for Information after Woodhouse Sexual Assaults

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Detectives from West Yorkshire Police are looking for a man thought to be behind two sexual assaults on women in the Woodhouse area of Leeds last week. The attacks took place in the early hours of Tuesday 26 September. One woman, 21, was grabbed and pushed into a bus stop … Read More

Council Calls For Uber-Strict Regulation

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Leeds City Council has called for stricter regulations around taxi licensing, after Uber was refused a new license in the capital, by Transport for London. The taxi company, used by over 3.5 million people and 40,000 drivers in London, was described as “not fit and proper” to operate, with London … Read More