Manual workers accept pay rise
University manual workers have voted overwhelmingly to accept their biggest ever pay rise. Members of the Transport and General Workers’ Union voted 95 per cent in favour of accepting the deal which will give cleaners, caterers, porters and gardeners a 6.7 per cent rise over 16 months.
Blair explains Canadian knighthoods
Prime minister Tony Blair is to write to the Canadian premier after a “regrettable misunderstanding” in which Ulster University vice-chancellor George Bain and Welsh-born billionaire Terry Matthew, another Canadian national, were knighted. Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien complained that his government had not been consulted over the knighthoods.
UN chief lectures at Oxford
United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan is to deliver a lecture on democracy at Oxford University this afternoon. He will receive an honorary doctor of civil law degree tomorrow.
Scots launch transatlantic journal
Dundee University has signed a publishing agreement with Edinburgh University Press for a new journal in transatlantic studies, to be launched next summer. The editor of the bi-annual journal will be Alan Dobson of Dundee’s politics department.