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Uni staff strike over pay

Members of the Unite union at Leeds University say they are effectively having their pay "eroded" Credit: Gareth Copley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Staff at Leeds and Lincoln Universities are on strike today in a row over pay. The Unite union says it's members pay has been effectively "eroded" by 13 per cent because their pay has failed to stay in line with inflation.

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Final appeal on Meredith murder

Amanda Knox Credit: ITV News

Judges could officially clear Amanda Knox of the 2007 murder of former Leeds University student Meredith Kercher today.

Italy's Supreme Court will rule whether there are grounds for a retrial against Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

The pair were cleared of 21-year-old Merdeith's murder on appeal, 17 months ago, due to a bungled police investigation.

They were initially jailed after Meredith was found with her throat cut in the house she shared with 25-year-old Knox in Perugia.

Merdeith Kercher Credit: ITV News

A panel of judges will meet in Rome to rule whether legal codes were applied fairly.

They could order a new trial or close the case completely.

Drifter Rudy Guede is already serving 16 years for Meredith's murder

Ex- Leeds Uni band win Mercury Prize

Mercury Prize winners Alt-J Credit: Press Association

Indie quartet Alt-J have won the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize for their album An Awesome Wave. The band members, who met at Leeds University in 2007, looked stunned as they collected the award - despite long being the bookies' favourites.

After five years of hard work, the band beat acts such as rapper Plan B to win the £20,000 award at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London.

Richard Hawley Credit: Press Association

Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, who was nominated for his album Standing At The Sky's Edge, narrowly missed out again - six years after claiming he was controversially "robbed".

Accepting the award on stage, Alt-J - which comprises Thom Green (drums), Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gwil Sainsbury (guitarist/bassist) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) - said there were too many people to thank but did thank their parents for "not making us get jobs".

Former Leeds College of Music students Roller Trio were also nominated for their eponymously-named funk-infused jazz album .

Roller Trio Credit: Press Association

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York University rises in world rankings

York University Central Hall Credit: ITV Yorkshire

York University has risen up an international league table to just outside the world's top 100 universities. York has jumped from 121st place last year to 103rd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

But Sheffield University has fallen nine places to joint 110th and Leeds University has dropped from 133rd to joint 142nd