Author: danny-rigg

What you need to know about the UCU’s pay dispute

Industrial action risks hitting higher education institutions across the UK again this year as the University and College Union (UCU) prepares to ballot members from 30 August to 19 October. Notice of the ballot has been served to 147 employers, including the University of Liverpool, as part of a dispute over pay. The UCU is demanding fair and equal pay, which includes an end to the gender pay gap and the casualisation of labour. The last round of strike action over pensions lasted for 16 days across four weeks between 22 February and 16 March of this year. A...

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‘We are all Jim Newell now’: Academics support sacked Salford Professor

Academics have expressed outrage at the dismissal of Jim Newell from his position as professor of politics at Salford University for failing to reach grant income targets. A petition addressed to Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Marshall and calling for Newell’s reinstatement has received over 5,000 signatures. our colleague Jim Newell one of the most prominent specialists of #ItalianPolitics needs our solidarity to get back his job as Professor of Politics @SalfordUni, please sign academic #solidarity @PSA_IPSG via @ChangeFrance — Caterina Froio (@CaterinaFroio) July 11, 2018 Newell, an expert on Italian politics who had worked at the university for 27 years,...

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Life as a student with a drinking problem

One night a few years ago I was staring at myself in the mirror, clutching the bathroom sink, wrestling for control of my own mind. I was drunk. It was neither uncommon nor a regular occurrence then. Only weekly, perhaps, but a pattern was emerging, and it was one I feared. ‘If you keep going like this, you’ll be an alcoholic’, a social worker once told me. I was 15. Some people have an addictive personality. I’m unlucky enough to be one of them. I was also foolish enough to let that pattern of behaviour continue. There isn’t a...

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I’d rather seize the Church’s assets, but I’ll compromise

Ireland: the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote, the same country which repealed a constitutional ban on abortion, the same country in which the Taoiseach is homosexual and the President is basically Communist. With those actions and beliefs, you would be mistaken for thinking this once great Catholic nation is nothing more than a liberal hell-hole, run amok with woke, bearded youths dead set on laying waste to any semblance of tradition and normality. Unfortunately not. Imagine a once-in-a-lifetime visit from Santa Claus, descending from the heavens on his sleigh to preach down to the common masses...

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Repeal of the Eighth Amendment: The Reaction

On Saturday 26th May, the results of Ireland’s abortion referendum were declared. 66.4% voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, allowing the Oireachtas, the Irish parliament, to legislate freely on abortion. From Galway West Count Centre In Galway West, where the constituency’s result was announced shortly after 3pm at Leisureland, Salthill, 65.95% voted in favour of repeal. The referendum on the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution was widely expected to pass, but the margin of victory took many by surprise. “You don’t dare be this hopeful”, says Joanne Duffy, a pro-choice ‘Together For Yes’ activist. Despite polls...

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