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Analysis and Opinion

Leicester UCU in 2: Feb 12.

Published: 12th February, 2021

If you care about academic freedom, if you care about scholarship, if you care about Leicester university, now is the time to make your voice heard.

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Librarians are not redundant!

Published: 9th February, 2021

We shine a spotlight on the Library staff affected by the proposals in the ‘Shaping for Excellence’, proposals for creating an integrated customer service team and new physical desks and virtual enquiry staff University of Leicester’s library staff are a team crossing all grades of staff who pride themselves on their commitment to Customer Service….

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Foundations of Computing are not redundant

Published: 4th February, 2021

Colleagues at risk of redundancy in the School of Informatics unpick the business case being used against them. To sign the petition opposing managers’ plans, click here. Recently management at the University of Leicester put forward a business case to slash the School of Mathematics by making redundant all pure maths researchers, and to similarly…

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The cynicism driving cuts in English

Published: 27th January, 2021

The proposed cuts to English at the University of Leicester have been universally condemned worldwide, with hundreds of distinguished scholars warning of reputational damage to the University and the ways in which the student experience will be impoverished. Some of the staff at risk of redundancy unpick the inconsistencies in the cynical thinking that is…

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First statement on threatened compulsory redundancies

Published: 25th January, 2021

On date 18 January – the first day of second semester teaching and also ‘Blue Monday’ – senior managers at the University of Leicester wrote to 145 members of staff informing them that their jobs were at risk of redundancy. Managers are calling their plans Shaping for Excellence.The affected staff are in five academic departments…

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Lost for Words: Working in Higher Education, Oct 2020

Published: 9th October, 2020

A University of Leicester employee offers some personal reflections on their experience of working in Higher Education as the 2020-21 academic year begins. I’ve been trying to think of a metaphor for working in Higher Education over the last few weeks. It’s not easy because the conditions, quite simply, feel incomparably appalling. I’d like to…

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No more room on the 16th floor

Published: 27th July, 2020

Two Leicester UCU colleagues, both activists and picket line stalwarts, both precariously employed, were recently made redundant by the University of Leicester after many years as part of our university community. Both were recognised for their expertise, the quality of their work and, in particular, their ability to engage effectively with students from non-traditional backgrounds….

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Leicester UCU – a top-11 influencer

Published: 19th June, 2020

According to new research on social-media activity during the 2018 USS pension strikes, Leicester UCU is a top-11 influencer. The researchers – University of Leicester scholars Athina Karatzogianni and Khamis Ambusaidi, in collaboration with Torsten Geelan, who has just moved from Leicester to University of Copenhagen, and Ioanna Ferra of Coventry University – were interested…

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It’s OK not to be OK

Published: 18th June, 2020

I’m not sure how many weeks into lockdown we are – I’ve lost count. It’s all a bit of a blur anyway – I was self-isolating with COVID-19 symptoms well before lockdown. I was in bed at the time that the University decided to close the campus. Back then, I couldn’t make it to the…

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Ignitizens of Change

Published: 5th June, 2020

It is 3 June 2020 and I have been working under lockdown for 80 days. Before that I was on strike for 14 days, defending a higher education sector that was already in complete crisis. Today, almost three months later, the crisis is magnified, the world is on fire and our institutional silence around systemic…

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