UK pay growth outpaces inflation for first time in a year

Squeeze on real earnings eases as unemployment rate falls unexpectedly to 4.2%British workers have seen their first real pay rise in a year, as average wage growth overcomes the fading inflationary effects of the Brexit vote. Bringing to an end 12 months

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Cornwall braced for defining moment in its sporting history | Robert Kitson

Council funding of £3m needs to be approved on Tuesday so the wheels can turn on a multi-purpose Stadium for CornwallAmid the onrushing tide of worrying world news stories, the outcome of a 123-person vote in Truro’s county hall might seem relatively t


UK university strike action to end after staff vote to accept offer

Ballot finds significant majority in favour of accepting offer to reopen talks over pensionsThe strike action that hit 65 universities across the UK this year is to end after staff voted to accept an offer to reopen negotiations with employers over their


Open University vice-chancellor resigns after staff revolt

Peter Horrocks quits following opposition to plans to reduce courses and lecturersPeter Horrocks, the vice-chancellor of the Open University, has resigned following widespread opposition to plans to significantly reduce the number of courses the instituti

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The Open University is about more than who is in the top job | Letters

Readers respond to a Guardian editorial on the continuing trials and tribulations at the Open UniversityYour editorial (10 April) rightly notes that the problems facing the Open University are far greater than Peter Horrocks. You refer to the UCU vote of


Facebook suspends data firm hired by Vote Leave over alleged Cambridge Analytica ties

AggregateIQ, which played a pivotal role in the Brexit campaign, suspended after reports it may have improperly obtained user data AggregateIQ: the obscure Canadian tech firm and the Brexit data riddleFacebook has suspended the Canadian data firm that the


Open University staff pass vote of no-confidence in vice-chancellor

Union members say position of Peter Horrocks is untenable after he said academics were ‘not teaching’Staff at the Open University have passed a vote of no confidence in its vice-chancellor, Peter Horrocks.Members of the institution’s branch of the U

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