News Stack 16.05.16

National news from other UK universities

16th May 2016

Strike Could Delay Results- Nationwide

University lecturers are to walk out on 25 and 26 May following a pay rise offer of 1.1%, announced the University and College Union (UCU). It is expected to cause disruption on campuses across the country, especially over the busy exam period.

The union has described the decision as “an insult” and that institutions “could afford to pay more”.

Vice-chancellors, on the other hand, have had a pay rise of 3% this year, leaving unions with “no other alternative.”

The University and Colleges Employers’ Association, the employers’ body, said the figure of a 1.1% increase only represented part of the pay deal and the average rise would be worth 2.3%.

UCU has warned that without a resolution there would be “additional action in August to coincide with the release of A-level results”.

Some Activities to Relocate- Durham

Durham University is to relocate ‘some academic and all college-based activities”’ from Stockton to Durham City beginning next year.

Proposals will potetntially affect academic units including the School of Medicine, as well as Pharmacy and Health, the John Snow and Stephenson residential colleges and the Wolfson Research Institute.

Regarding the decision, professor Stuart Corbridge, vice-chancellor and warden, Durham University, insisted: “We remain committed to both Stockton and Durham and are excited by these developments, following extensive consultation and discussion internally and more widely.

When the review was reported, concerns were raised that the university’s scheme could have a negative impact on Stockton, but the Borough Council has now shown its support for the plans.

Fluffy Pets Help To De-Stress Students- Leicester

In order to support students studying for endless hours for exams, University of Leicester Students’ Union has been organising over 16 events for them from 29th April to 26th May.

Two of the most popular events both involved adorable animals.

Krishna Consciousness society is also to host a meditation session on 16th May, when students have a great opportunity to take time out of their busy study schedule to meditate and free their mind of those exam and revision blues. Other activities included NYX Cosmetics Giveaway, Lasertag game, golf, free massages, etc.

Lion King themed dinner sparks cultural appropriation row- Cambridge

Cambridge University is embroiled in a race row after students complained about an African-themed dinner last Wednesday based on Lion King and inviting guests to “Bring your Rafikis”. Some students called to boycott the event because it represents ‘cultural appropriation’ rather than appreciation, meaning elements of a minority culture are inappropriately borrowed by those in the majority. The Africa Formal dinner saw undergraduates from Queens’ College dine on traditional cuisine from Senegal, Morocco, South Africa and Nigeria.

On the dinner’s Facebook page, it wrote “Hakuna Matata” and signing off saying “bring your rafikis along!” Writing on the feminist blog FlygirlsofCambridge, student Alice Davidson said: “Perhaps if the initiative had come from members of the African Society Cambridge University themselves, who could then determine the menu and terms of cultural exchange rather than being invited as a token afterthought.”

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