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Sick of student unions?

Do you feel represented? I don’t. Zamzam Ibrahim is the president elect of the National Union of Students (NUS). Her job is to represent all UK students in higher and further education. But she’s come under fire for stating she wanted to ‘oppress white people’ and ‘have an Islamic takeover’, comments she made when she…

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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…


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…


Bar(su) removes Coca Cola from taps

Numerous students have voiced concerns over the SU bar removing Coca-Cola as a draught mixer. A representative for the bar has responded to numerous complaints on the student-run ‘Concrete Confessions Between UEA Seshions’ page, stating that the beverage will still be sold in bottled form. The majority of the complaints were from individuals that experience…


Roo Pitt investigates postgrad spaces on campus

Following the new swipe card access installed for the Scholars Bar in Union House, Concrete asks ‘do postgraduates need their own spaces on campus?’ Firstly, it is perhaps important to break down the different postgraduate spaces. There are social spaces such as the Scholars Bar and Lounge, and Vista (located at the top of the…

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Is the SU’s transaction fee unlawful?

A student has complained ‘hidden’ transaction fees of 34p per purchase of a ticket from the Students’ Union website may be unlawful, though the Union is defending the fee. Joe Williams, an MA Modern and Contemporary writing student, complained to the Union about their surcharges after the SU posted on the LCR ticket exchange Facebook…


Salsa Interview

Ever wanted to dance but couldn’t find the opportunity? Maybe you’ve seen a group of people dancing at the Hive on Tuesday afternoons and felt like it might be something worth trying? Last year I was one of those who always enjoyed watching people do Salsa. Whenever I was walking from the Union Building on…

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UCU to ballot members for industrial action over pay deal

In a statement released on Friday 29 June the University and College Union (UCU) announced it will ballot its members for industrial action in a pay row. This follows a recommendation made by the Universities and Colleges’ Employers Association (UCEA) who advise member institutions on issues such as pay and terms and conditions for staff at higher…

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