Edinburgh students fear for grades as university strikes persist

By Harris Cumming In the run up to another hectic exam season, students at the University of Edinburgh are growing increasingly concerned as the 8 day strike continues. The strikes, which affect 12 Scottish Universities, seek to improve pay, working conditions and pensions for university staff. As part of the action led by members of the University and College Union (UCU) , pickets are in force in a number of academic buildings across the city. Of those being targeted, the Appleton Tower and David Hume Tower are being fully occupied in an attempt to prevent any access. It has not taken long for this … Continue reading Edinburgh students fear for grades as university strikes persist

Brexit’s effect on EU-funded research programmes

by Rebecca Weinberg Scottish universities receive 10% of their research income from the EU, according to a report by the Scottish Government. The EU’s Horizon 2020 research project is an integral part of Scottish academia, allowing Scottish universities to collaborate with researchers from other EU countries on groundbreaking projects across a variety of subjects. However, the looming shadow of Brexit is putting Scotland’s academic research community at risk.   UWS News spoke to Graham Jeffery, a reader in Arts and Media at the University of the West of Scotland, about Brexit’s effect on EU-funded research in Scotland. “I was involved … Continue reading Brexit’s effect on EU-funded research programmes

Rail Gourmet staff strike continues

Scots Rail Gourmet catering workers today resumed their strike as the ongoing dispute with management regarding bullying accusations continues. The dispute is said to be focused around bullying allegations, workers not being paid for additional duties and claims of harassment towards a group of catering staff working on the inter-city LNER line. The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) have said that Rail Gourmet staff that are based at the Edinburgh depot will not be attending work on Tuesday the 12th of February and Wednesday the 13th of February. Around two dozen Rail Gourmet workers have previously went on strike … Continue reading Rail Gourmet staff strike continues