By Rhiannon Bevan and HK Norman
University lecturers up and down the country are taking strike action today, in protest to University changes to the USS, University Superannuation Scheme, which affects the pensions of the lecturers.
Many lecturers would end up facing a cut to their pensions, hence why 80% of the members of the UCU voted to take strike action, which could last up to two weeks.
It is thought that around 1 million university students are going to be affected by the strikes. We had a word with two of them.
By Tom Larsen-Wright
The interest rate on student loans will rise by a third this September, for all students who started university after 1 September 2012.
The rate was previously 4.6%, but rose to 6.1% due to inflation.
Graduates will still be charged an interest rate, which depends on their income, but those currently at university will be charged the full interest rate. Continue reading
By Shakiya Branch
The University of Essex’s Residence Life team is hosting a one day event on 27 April from 11am to 3pm to unify the campus with love regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. The #Lovehasnolabels event will have a guessing game for peoples x-rays and the opportunity to take pictures with a cardboard cut-out. While waiting in the queue, enjoy a free cookie and wear a badge for the rest of the day to show support of #Lovehasnolabels
The event takes place in Square 3 (next to the SU bar). Follow the heart signs to find it and help unify Essex with love.
By Andreea Szasz
The university’s Societies Guild has revealed that 18 student societies out of 135 have been shortlisted for the top award this year at its Golden Guild Awards. Many more societies will receive standard awards at the ceremony on 2 May. Continue reading
By Tom Larsen-Wright
University students across the country are being urged to boycott the National Students Survey.
The university survey, which is filled out by final year undergraduates every year, will decide whether universities can raise their tuition fees for the next academic year. The increased fees would start at a maximum of £9,500 a year, and could rise by an estimated 3-4 per cent per year. Continue reading