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RHUL Staff Face Potential Pay Freeze

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief Royal Holloway UCU has recommended a vote to reject the UCEA’S (Universities and Colleges Employers Association) latest offer with regards to their fight for fair pay and improved working conditions. After the UCU called for a minimum wage of £10.50 an hour for staff (with Retail Price Index plus 5%, to account for inflation), an end to the universities … Continue reading RHUL Staff Face Potential Pay Freeze

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Legal Case Against On-Campus Parking Company Ruled as ‘an Abuse of Process’

By Carlota Santos Movilla | News Editor In January to February of 2020, Dr Neil Scott, a Royal Holloway alumni who became an Economics teaching fellow of Econometrics at RHUL, struggled to see eye to eye with the on-campus parking company First Parking. He was also a PhD candidate at the time. Dr Scott found it difficult to achieve a parking permit since he was … Continue reading Legal Case Against On-Campus Parking Company Ruled as ‘an Abuse of Process’

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History’s Largest Strike in India

Aled Iestyn Lewis | Student Contributor On 26 November 2020, 10 trade unions and several left-wing parties in India organised a mass general strike with an estimated 250 million participants, roughly 18% of India’s population (working out as 1 in 30 people on the planet), making these strikes the largest in history. Historically, some of the only general strikes to even reach the tens of … Continue reading History’s Largest Strike in India

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Boris Johnson’s 5-Point Plan From the General Assembly of the UN

Dominic Taylor | Content Writer In the 75th annual General Assembly of the United Nations and the first to be online, Boris Johnson outlined a 5-point plan to ‘protect humanity against another pandemic’, stating that the United Kingdom would use their presidency of the G7 in 2021 to establish a new approach towards health security. The first aim was to ‘stop a new disease before … Continue reading Boris Johnson’s 5-Point Plan From the General Assembly of the UN

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Royal Holloway is Providing Free Coronavirus Tests Before Christmas Holidays

Carlota Santos Movilla | News Editor Royal Holloway University of London has, in the last week, communicated it is going to offer asymptomatic students as well as staff COVID-19 tests. This facility will be on campus in the Picture Gallery and will start operating on Monday 30th November. They are in the process of providing the same service for those who study or teach in … Continue reading Royal Holloway is Providing Free Coronavirus Tests Before Christmas Holidays

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Coronavirus Restrictions: What are the New Measures and how has Royal Holloway Been Affected?

Grace Rollison | Content Writer A series of new national restrictions came into place on Thursday 24th September following the resurgence of a second wave of COVID- 19 across the UK. Addressing the nation on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined new measures. These include a 22:00 curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants who are now restricted to table service, a shift to encouraging … Continue reading Coronavirus Restrictions: What are the New Measures and how has Royal Holloway Been Affected?

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China Bites Back at US Human Rights Sanctions as Tensions Increase

Ellie Matthews | Content Writer The US announced sanctions against Chinese politicians involved in the human rights violations, and a widely condemned new security law, in Xinjiang in July. These sanctions, passed by both the House and Senate, include travel restrictions and the penalisation of banks found doing business with these officials. Accusations of mass detention, religious persecution and forced sterilisation of Uighurs and others … Continue reading China Bites Back at US Human Rights Sanctions as Tensions Increase

Beirut explosion destroys lives as a result of widespread carelessness

Carlota Santos Movilla | News Editor On the afternoon of this last Tuesday 4th of August, Lebanon’s capital Beirut suffered a horrific and destructive explosion; leaving thousands of injured civilians, around 140 confirmed deaths, and the number of missing people is still on the rise. It was caused by the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that was stored in its port for seven years. It … Continue reading Beirut explosion destroys lives as a result of widespread carelessness

College Council Withdraws Proposal to Remove Elections of Staff Members

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief In an ongoing UCU dispute at Royal Holloway and across the country, the College Council put forward a proposal to scrap elections and cut the number of Staff Members from six to four. In a recent development, the College Council has dropped the proposal to remove elections for Staff Members. The proposal to cut the number of staff members … Continue reading College Council Withdraws Proposal to Remove Elections of Staff Members

Deadline Missed to Remove Flammable Cladding Three Years on From Grenfell Fire

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief 3 years after the Grenfell fire on the 14 June 2017, 307 high rise buildings in the UK are still clad in Aluminium Composite Material. The deadline to remove all ACM cladding from buildings in the country was set last year at June 2020 by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, giving the government three years to remove the highly flammable … Continue reading Deadline Missed to Remove Flammable Cladding Three Years on From Grenfell Fire