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UCU Strikes Set To End As Agreement Reached

8 months ago / 0 comments

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) are expected to return to work on Wednesday after the union and the Universities UK (UUK) group reached an agreement over pensions. Despite over 35 meetings of the Joint Negotiating Committee since the start of 2017, no agreement had been reached before … Read More

Student who never turns up anyway is suing university over strike hours

8 months ago / 0 comments

Final year business student Katie Hopkins wants to sue the University of Leeds over the contact hours affected by the on-going strike. Katie, who’s average attendance over her three-year course is roughly 18%, is appalled that the strikes mean several of her classes over a four-week period will be cancelled. … Read More

Desperate Times Call For Desperate Strikes

9 months ago / 0 comments

As I am sure we are all aware, strike action started on Thursday at more than 50 universities across the country. Universities UK (the group that runs the pension fund for university lecturers) intend to cut our professors’ pensions – in order to try and redress the large £6billion deficit … Read More

Four Weeks of Strike Action Begins

9 months ago / 0 comments

Strike action has unfolded across campus this week, with university staff beginning a total of fourteen days of industrial action, spread across four weeks. The University of Leeds is not the only higher education body to be impacted, with 61 universities across the UK experiencing strikes. This action has been … Read More

University Strike Action Planned Over Pensions

9 months ago / 0 comments

The University and Colleges Union (UCU) has announced 14 days of strikes to commence on Thursday 22nd February. The strikes will take place over a month, beginning and ending with a five-day walkout. The University of Leeds is amongst 61 universities who will be taking part in the strikes, with … Read More

Leeds Professors Strike Over ‘Sacker’s Charter’

1 year ago / 0 comments

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

Academics Threaten Strikes Over Pensions

1 year ago / 0 comments

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

Leeds Academics Announce Strike Action

1 year ago / 0 comments

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

Uni staff threaten strike

2 years ago / 0 comments

Changes to the University’s employment legislation have led to accusations of impinged academic freedom. The University and College Union (UCU) is threatening strike action over changes to the University’s employment laws after negotiations with the University regarding a proposed new clause, castigated as a “threat to academic freedom”,  broke down. … Read More

Student nurses and midwives protest over scrapped bursaries

3 years ago / 0 comments

Student nurses and midwives from all over the country marched in London on Saturday to protest against the government’s plans to scrap the NHS student bursary as of August 2017. Currently student nurses and midwives receive an annual means-tested bursary of between £1000 and £4000 from the NHS, as they … Read More