Tara McEvoy is a freelance journalist and undergraduate student of Queen’s University Belfast.
16 April 2014 11:09 AM
As students partake in a mass exodus from universities over the Easter holidays, the bitter dispute in which the University College Union (UCU) and University and College Employers Union (UCEA) have been embroiled since the beginning of the academic year is coming to a head. Since October, UCU dissatisfaction with pay in higher education has manifested itself in strikes (the union claims that university staff have suffered a real terms pay cut of 15 per cent since 2009), with lectures and tutorials cancelled. This week marks the date of final talks before a proposed marking boycott is set to take place, on 28 April .
10 January 2013 06:42 PM
Young people in Belfast are already facing high unemployment and a widespread feeling of disenfranchisement. This is the last thing they need
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