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Students Launch Campaign for Dundee University Employees

December 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Students of the Dundee University have decided to launch a campaign to pay staff more than £7.45.

More than 100 workers are being paid below the living wage.

Students of the Dundee university have gone to their principle in a bid for him to increase the pay of 147 employees.

Politics student Lee Robb  said: ”The university has told us that 147 staff are not paid as much as £7.20 per hour.

”Given that the living wage has been increased to £7.45, there could be many more on wages below that.

”These are people who work tirelessly to help us with our studies and it’s unacceptable that they could be living below the poverty line.”

The students have now set up a petition online for people to sign and has already had 200 signature and they are hopeful this will help them to help the employees.

Another student Connor McElwaine said: ”We think that on our campus and the wider community there shouldn’t be poverty.

”These people who are on the lowest pay scale are often afraid to come forward. That’s why we see this campaign by students as so important.

”On the face of it, it’s not a huge increase and I’m sure the university can find the money from somewhere.”

Number of Students Accepted Into University Drops by 7%

August 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

7% is a big drop and the main answer to this has to be the cuts which make going to university very expensive, so those who are less fortunate who can’t afford to go but luckily for them there are other ways to get into a job including apprenticeships its just a shame that university has been made a place for the people who can afford it. This makes it a place where people don’t get equal opportunity because of there financial background.

Another reason in to which the number of student accepted into university’s has dropped could be due to the fact that people haven’t met the requirements to get into the university’s.

Also people are opting other routes to get into there chosen sector and one of the most growing routes is the apprenticeship wqhich allows you to get a job along with qualifications to go with it.

University lecturer committed suicide

June 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

The body was found at the river cam and it is thought to be a suicide the body, he was reported missing by her husband for 8 days and was found by rowers.

Julia was in the 60’s and a mother of one she was distress with psychiatric problems. “Julia started to let things get to her that really shouldn’t have done, and that just wasn’t her.” Said Professor Rowland Wymer, who teaches English literature at ARU.

The university noticed that she was struggling with work and normally miss meetings also was worried people hacked into her phone and emails, theey knew she was in stree but didn’t think she would take her won life for it.

Mr Bradnack said: “Julia was so intelligent and somebody who prided herself on her professionalism.

“She simply couldn’t cope if things went wrong and started to blame herself for everything

45,000 Scots jobless after four Remploy factories closure

June 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

It was announced at trade union yesterday that closing four employ factories will put 45,00 disabled Scots out of work. The factories that are looking to close down are in Aberdeen, Motherwell, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Current unemployed rate for disabled are at 11.2 per cent “Employers won’t employ disabled people – they are three times more likely to be unemployed.” Was said by Phil Brannan, chief shop steward for Remploy.

Glasgow has 14.9 disabled jobless compared with Midlothian with 13.7 per cent and Dundee has 13.6 per cent.



London bus drives looking to go on strike

June 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Bus employees are looking to go on strike because of £500 Olympic bonus. There were thousands who voted for it at the unite trade union the actual figure was 90% more. This trade union is calling seven bosses out by saying that they will get a £560,000 bonus payment if the Olympic are trouble free.

“It is disappointing that Unite continues to push for strike action, attempting to exploit the Games spirit and add a further multimillion-pound burden to the hard-pressed fare and taxpayers of London,” said Leon Daniels, TfL’s director of surface transport.

They also added that £500 bonus sum equated to a “bill of £12m for no additional work”.

Union has given TFL a week to respond before they start looking at dates to do the strikes, bus drivers are also furious that underground staff would get £850 payment.

Man in his 50’s get he’s honours after 12 years of study

May 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Gac Filippaj a 52 year old originally from Albania has just for his, it took him 12 years due to him having a full time job while in university.

He escaped from Albania from the civil war that took place in 1992 he was offered a home with his uncle and he worked in a restaurant.

He then got offered a job as a cleaner in the US University and got in to the university with his bachelor’s degree, he worked late hours without any sleep studying and cleaning so he was finally delighted to graduate with a degree

“I would like to stay working here to find a better job here and to go to school here. If I can’t make that, then I will look for other options,” he said.

More charges over Durham University Oriental Museum burglary

May 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Adrian Stanton, 32, is accused of conspiracy to commit burglary, while Charmaine Wilkes, 27, and Fallon Arrowsmith, 19, are charged with assisting an offender.

Artefacts worth almost £2m were taken from the museum on 5 April.

The three, who are all from the Walsall area, will go before magistrates at Peterlee.

Justin Clarke, 30, from Walsall, was arrested by Durham Police after officers released his picture and said they wanted to speak to him. He has been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

Lee Wildman, 35, also from Walsall, appeared at Peterlee Magistrates Court on Thursday accused of conspiracy to commit burglary. He was remanded in custody to appear at Durham Crown Court.

Ten people in total have been arrested during the investigation into the burglary.

A 3ft wide hole was cut in the wall of the museum and a Chinese bowl and figurine were taken.

The Qing Dynasty bowl and figurine were recovered by detectives eight days after the theft, in the Brandon area of Durham.

The three, who are all from the Walsall area, will go before magistrates at Peterlee.

World’s oldest university graduate

May 4, 2012 at 9:43 am

The world’s oldest university graduate is proof that you are never too old to learn.

Allan Stewart, 97, will graduate from Southern Cross University today with a Master of Clinical Science.

But it’s not his first graduation. Mr Stewart earned a place in the record books when he graduated with a law degree at the age of 91.

Mr Stewart lives independently and also acts as a carer for a friend.

He says he thinks about each day and what he wants to achieve and says that gives him focus and purpose.
Mr Stewart says he likes to think he’ll hang up his academic robes after today but says he gets bored and will never rule out a return to the books.Today he retains that title with his fourth degree. He undertook his first degree in dentistry in 1936.

He says it’s one of his paradigms to keep the mind and body active.

“I’m a great believer from a health point of view, as you are ageing, to make sure you have sufficient exercise of the mind and sufficient exercise of the body,” Mr Stewart said.

Mr Stewart says you are never too old and it’s never too late to study.

“I was more or less self-taught but with experience I was able to handle that and I found that was the only way to do a university degree at my age.”

The graduate has also noticed a distinct difference in the apparel of the students.

“We had to wear very conservative clothing in those days,” he said.





Why British institutions must look to the bottom line when dealing overseas

May 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

To the annoyance of at least one attendee from outside the UK, the panel seemed to be placing too much emphasis on the commercial bottom line. This risked creating the impression that UK colleges were simply seeking to exploit poorer developing nations. The debate that followed exposed the alternative view, that with reducing budgets, the onset of enforced redundancies and a mission to support learning in the local communities that they serve, it was becoming increasingly difficult for British institutions to justify partnerships that did not offer clear benefit to UK partners.

But this doesn’t mean institutions interested in international partnerships should value nothing other than the potential financial return. Benefit can and should be defined more broadly than merely financial advantage. Through engaging with overseas partners, the competencies of UK staff and the experience of UK students can be significantly enhanced, and in the same ratio as the benefits accruing to the overseas partner. Too often, however, these benefits are not clearly enough articulated, leading to potential misunderstandings between partners and a failure to mount a convincing case to the college or university board to sustain the investment in time and money in the partnership beyond the initial period of state subsidy. Just as in a wholly commercial relationship, \

it seems to me that in all of the successful partnerships identified within the British Council report Building Skills, Building Partnerships, it is this combination of clarity of aims and inherent goodwill that has been instrumental in making partnerships work over the long term.


Muslim students say Don’t ban alcohol — we’ll get blame

April 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Muslim students at a university considering banning alcohol from parts of its campus have hit out at the plan — fearing they will be blamed for the move.

Students at London Metropolitan University said banning alcohol in the name of Muslims will cause tension on campus, divide the community, and could be exploited by far-Right groups such as the English Defence League.

Mr Rumman, originally from Bangladesh, is leading a campaign for it to be replaced with another licensed venue. He said: “If the university wants to ban alcohol it should be because of its own agenda, it should not include religions. If this is all about religious beliefs then why are we not banning pork from the canteen as well?

“Some Muslim students do drink, but none eat pork. And most of our international students come from India and do not eat beef.”

He added: “It is unethical, catastrophic and it will isolate Muslims further in society. This will go against the ethos of London Met where students are so diverse but also socialise together. Students who do drink will resent Muslims. It will divide the student body. We must not allow this to become a religious issue. Muslim students never asked for this ban.”