From our archives: 85 years ago It was premiere night for the film King Kong, starring Fay Wray. Both the Radio City Music Hall and the RKO Roxy Theatre in New York were packed to the seams with A-listers, grossing $100,000 in its first week before going nationwide. The movie about a gigantic ape was the first feature film to use stop-motion animation. And with two days remaining in his term, US President Herbert Hoover created the America’s first national historical park, at Morristown, New Jersey and the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. 50 years ago A midnight decision had been made by York University students to go ahead with a “selective boycott” of their four dining halls unless they received a written assurance by 10am that there would be no alteration to food prices and portions for the next 12 months. The boycott planned by 19 students was the first form of militant action since the University opened in 1963. Discussions about catering … [Read more...] about ON THIS DAY: March 2
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Thousands of university lecturers are expected to walkout across the UK today. The strike action, which could see teaching staff spend up to 14 days on the picket line, comes after a bitter row with employers over pensions. Negotiations appear to have hit a deadlock and students are demanding refunds on their tuition fees. Read below to find out everything you need to know about the ongoing strike. Why are lecturers striking? Teaching staff at 61 universities across the UK are protesting proposed changes to their pensions. They claim the plans, put together by their employer, Universities UK (UUK), could see them £10,000 a year worse off. The UCU (University and College Union) says younger lecturers will be worst affected, with some facing losing up to half their pensions. Why have the changes been put forward? UUK says their current pension scheme has a deficit of £6bn which needs plugging. They argue that, … [Read more...] about Which universities are striking? What are lecturers walking out on?
MORE than a million university students across Britain and Northern Ireland are to be affected by strike action today - the first in a series of walkouts. An unprecedented level of industrial action is planned over proposed changes to lecturers' pensions. It will begin with a two-day walkout, affecting over 60 universities. Staff fear pension changes could cost an average lecturer £200,000 over the course of their retirement. University employers have said changes are necessary. Officials from the University and College Union (UCU) are meeting on March 2 to discuss the response from universities to the industrial action and warned that if the dispute is not settled then "nothing is off the table". The union has a mandate to take action until July 19, which covers the exams period. It means that institutions could potentially face industrial action during this important point of the academic year. Other action is likely to include members working to their contracts, meaning … [Read more...] about Full list of universities starting strike action
0 Have your say When the Representation of People Act became law a century ago today, it was hailed as a landmark moment, for it meant women over the age of 30 who owned property, or were married to a man who did, were entitled to vote. When the Representation of People Act became law a century ago today, it was hailed as a landmark moment, for it meant women over the age of 30 who owned property, or were married to a man who did, were entitled to vote.This empowered roughly 8.5 million women, which may sound quite a lot, but it still only amounted to around 40 per cent of Britain’s female population at the time. So even though women had worked tirelessly in factories, and in some cases given their lives for the war effort, this still wasn’t deemed good enough to earn them all the same rights as their husbands, fathers and brothers – for that they would have to wait another 10 years.The battle for women’s suffrage was long, hard-fought and at times … [Read more...] about Historic items in Leeds that chart the struggle for women’s votes in 1918.
Rich in history, with a thriving cultural scene and plenty of glorious countryside just on the doorstep, it’s no surprise that Leeds has become one of the most popular cities in the UK. And with its undeniable Yorkshire charm, the city has inspired many an amusing quip which sum it up perfectly. Here are a few of the best. “What is going on with the loop? I’m all for having an inner city ring road, but can we go both ways around it? “I had to go to the theatre – I could see the theatre from my hotel – it took me 25 minutes going around the whole city to get back to my hotel!” Michael McIntyre After bringing his Comedy Roadshow to Leeds in 2011, comedian Michael McIntyre was less than impressed with our road system. His confusion and frustration at the loop is sure to resonate with any Leeds resident who has experienced the pain of driving through the city centre. “Leeds is quite laid-back. That’s why I live there now.” … [Read more...] about 10 of the funniest quotes about Leeds