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Students wanting refunds

Starting on the 25 November, over a million students will face disruption as academics from 60 universities signed up to strike over their pay and pension. More than 43,000 members of the University and College Union (UCU) are taking part in the eight-day walkout on Monday over disputes about pension and pay. University chiefs have…

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‘We earned it. We deserve it. We demand it.’

University staff and members of the University and College Union (UCU) are taking strike action over changes to their pension called the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The university staff who are striking are claiming the universities employers are ignoring pension experts and want staff members to pay more to assess the scheme. After the previous…

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Academics under ‘increased pressure’ to support student mental health crisis

The UEA branch of the University and College Union (UCU) said academics are under ‘increased pressure’ to support students’ mental health despite not being ‘qualified therapist[s] or mental health professional[s].’ The branch also expressed ‘great concerns’ towards the ability of Student Support Services (SSS) to meet the ‘growing need’ of students, stating the ‘pressures on…

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Should we treat our degrees like consumer products?

Degrees, although an extreme example, can be said to be a consumer product. As students, we are paying for a service and an end product, and naturally this is expected to be of the highest standard possible. If a product is purchased from a retail business or service, and the quality is not up to…

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PPL Film Fest to return in March

UEA’s Philosophy Society will be hosting the second annual PPL film festival, set to take place in March. The PPL film festival is a weeklong event comprised of a series of film screenings followed by a 20 to 30 minute discussion led by a member of staff or external speaker. Running from the 11-16 March,…

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Fears of further UCU strikes

Approximately 700,000 University and College Union members from 143 universities are being balloted over the next month for strike action concerning disputes over pay and work conditions. UCU members will be looking for guarantees that universities will tackle the gender pay gap, insecure contracts and excessive workloads. Concerns also lie within the education sector’s stagnating…

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Less than half of UEA students meet their offer

Less than half of UEA students achieved the grades needed to secure their place last year, with numbers dropping from 64 percent in 2013/14 to 47 percent in 2018/19. There figures showed a consistent decrease in figures year upon year. One of the most significant drops occurred this year, where the percentage of students meeting…

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