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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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73 scholars decry ‘cultural vandalism’

Published: 8th February, 2021

Professor Ad Putter, Fellow of the British Academy and co-director of University of Bristol’s Centre for Medieval Studies, along with 72 other scholars have written to University of Leicester’s vice-chancellor, decrying his proposed changes to English at our university.

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Declaration of dispute

Published: 5th February, 2021

Email sent to All UCU members at Leicester University of 4 February We’re in the midst of a global pandemic. Contrary to its rhetoric of the prioritisaton of student and staff well-being and ‘citizens of change’ – revealed to be nothing more than cynical marketeer speak – our employer has adjudged such a moment to…

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Leicester UCU in 2

Published: 5th February, 2021

In this week’s update (5 February 2021), Comms Officer, David Harvie, reflects on the first week of individual consultations – a rushed processes by the University.

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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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Problematic Redundancy Consultation Timeframes

Published: 1st February, 2021

University of Leicester has ordinances – agreed with campus unions – to cover redundancies. In the present situation our employer is honouring these ordinances only in their breech. In all of the 8 departments/units, where colleagues are at risk, the timeline has been compressed, to the detriment of colleagues. The move is cynical in the…

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Leicester UCU in 2

Published: 29th January, 2021

In this week’s update (29 January 2021), Comms Officer, David Harvie, reflect on the challenging week presented by the mass redundancies proposed by the University.

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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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Leicester UCU on Radio Leicester to discuss the staff cuts

Published: 27th January, 2021

Our Communications Officer, David Harvie, was invited to explain the outrage felt by staff over the impending staff cuts. (Available directly on the BBC Sounds website: 01h 06m 45s in https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p093s627)

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Redundancies comment #4 – Bad (Neuroscience, Psychology) Behaviour

Published: 26th January, 2021

It’s taken us a while to get our heads round what the University’s shaping for excellent redundancies plans might mean for NPB (Dept of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour) because, well… let’s see… We’ve had questions regarding (external consultant) DataHE’s projections of student recruitment figures throughout, but didn’t expect to be asking how on earth substantial projected EXPANSION of Neuroscience…

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