Main Stories, News / 13/04/2021 Less than 5 in 50 cases of rape or sexual misconduct ‘found proven’ in past two years at UEA

50 people have reported rape or sexual misconduct in the past two years at the University of East Anglia. With 2 accusations of rape and 48 accusations of sexual misconduct, UEA has found less than 5 ‘proven’ through their disciplinary procedures (UEA states they can’t report the specific number if less than 5 for privacy...

Main Stories, News / 09/04/2021 Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99. A statement from the Royal Family issued this morning announced that the Duke had ‘passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle’ earlier today. His passing comes after a number of health issues, including recent issues resulting in a short stay in hospital and...

Main Stories, News / 08/03/2021 Reporters Without Borders sexism in journalism report highlights dangers towards women in the industry

Non-profit organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have marked International Women’s Day by releasing a report entitled ‘Sexism’s toll on journalism’. The report addresses the risk of sexist and sexual violence towards women, including verbal and physical threats. Each from a different country, 112 journalists who write on gender issues both internal and external to the...

Interview, Main Stories / 03/03/2021 “From day one, there has been a laissez-faire approach to the pandemic… Boris Johnson wanted to be popular and didn’t want to make those difficult choices”: an interview with Labour MP Clive Lewis

Disclaimer: the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this interview belong solely to Mr Clive Lewis MP. Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South since 2015 and former candidate for leader of the party in 2020. A politician with strong views and someone who is not afraid to hold back, even if at times that...

Main Stories, News / 20/02/2021 SU Officer Election Results Announced

The results for the Student Union Elections were announced this evening after a tense wait across the UEA community.  Hamish Williams was reelected as Campaigns and Democracy Officer for the 2021-22 term. Despite a prominent campaign held by Brownwen Brown, Lizzie Payne ressecured the role of Activities and Opportunities Officer, pledging to lead efforts to...

Main Stories, News / 15/02/2021 Meet the candidates: SU Officer Elections 2020-21

Voting has opened in this year’s Student Union Officer Elections, here’s the low-down on everything that’s happening over the next few days. Voting opened at 10:00, Monday 15 February 2021 and will close at 10:00, Thursday 18 February 2021. All students can vote via the UEA SU website, where you can also view the manifestos...

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UEA staff reject pension strike agreement

UEA’s union branch relayed a rejection of an agreement to end the pension strike to their national committee today. An agreement was reached between the University and College Union (UCU) and higher education representative Universities UK (UUK). Talks were held with industrial conciliation service Acas. UCU branches discussed the offer this morning, with UEA’s branch almost…

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University say “still more to do” on counselling waits

The Student Support Service has faced further criticism after statistics covering the first month of this year showed no progress in an expected increase in standards. Waiting times for counselling in January were on average 41 days, with the Student Support Service aiming to reduce this to 30. Waiting times for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)…

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Is there a sexual assault epidemic at UEA?

The highest number of reported incidents of rape, assault and harassment at a university took place at UEA over the past five years. 135 incidents were reported at UEA, an ITV News investigation found. UEA said the higher number signifies a positive reaction to their assault and harassment awareness campaigns. However, the accuracy of these…

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Agreement reached in pension dispute

An agreement has been reached between the University and College Union (UCU) and higher education representative Universities UK (UUK), in the pensions dispute. After talks held with industrial conciliation service Acas, an offer was made today. It will be voted on by UCU members tomorrow. The UUK said they expect a suspension of industrial action…

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SU officer election results 2018

Results of the students’ union officer elections were announced tonight in Blue Bar. This year’s election had the highest ever number of student voters but was only slightly higher than last year, with 3779 students voting. Last year 3,669 students voted, with a turnout of 20.4 percent. The full-time officer positions were won by: Sophie…

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Staff pension strikes begin

The first two days of industrial action from UEA staff last week saw students join staff on two picket lines, to protest plans to change pensions. On Thursday 22 February and Friday 23 February, staff belonging to the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) did not turn up for work. The first week of the strike…

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Campus food ‘endangering students’ with allergies

Students have described terrifying experiences of buying foods containing their allergens from campus outlets because ingredients information was not more readily available. Thomas Howard, a second year History student, spoke of his experiences with buying food on campus. Thomas is allergic to mayonnaise and so asked one outlet if a sandwich contained any. Despite being…

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University’s accessibility budget cut by 50k

The university has reduced their Access All Areas annual budget from £300,000 to £250,000, sparking concerns from the Students’ Union about the pace of improving campus accessibility. The £50,000 cut follows commitments by Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Richardson, to ensure and improve campus accessibility for students. The Access All Areas (AAA) team was established to improve…


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