BBC News England

Top Stories

Features & Analysis



Latest Updates

Workers at top science museums go on strike over pay

Workers at a some of England's most popular museums have gone on strike in a dispute over pay.


Staff from top science museums around the country have taken industrial action calling for "a reasonable wage".

The dispute involves tourist attractions, including London's Science Museum and York's National Railway Museum.

The Science Museum Group said all of its museums were open as usual with most activities available to visitors.

The pay dispute also involves the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, Blythe House in London and the National Collections Centre in Wroughton, Wiltshire.

Charity The Swan Song Project helps people with terminal illnesses write songs.
Charity The Swan Song Project helps people with terminal illnesses record songs to leave for their loved ones.

Student accommodation plans 'not fit for humans'

A UWE pod
Students have been charged £150 per week to live in the pods.

Some UWE university students housed in "tiny" temporary units have described them as shipping containers that were "not fit for humans".

The University of the West of England installed a block of 21 8x10ft (2.4x3m) "studio pods" on a car park at its Frenchay campus in September.

One student is to move out of the site near Bristol, after he complained living there was "not mentally viable".

The university said the pilot scheme was to meet demand for accommodation.

Complaints about the small en-suite studio flats, at Purbeck Court, have included them having limited communal space, thin walls and being overlooked by an existing hall of residence.