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Academic Freedom

Leicester UCU in 2 – April 16

Published: 16th April, 2021

At our AGM on 14 April, branch members overwhelming passed the following motion, calling for the greylisting of University of Leicester. In this week’s 2-minute video blog, Deirdre O’Sullivan, former vice-chair who has been supporting many at-risk members, reflects on the damage being inflicted on the University by the current redundancy processes, and explains why…

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Shaping for a Strike

Published: 1st April, 2021

Materials sent in printed form to all members of Leicester UCU eligible to vote, 30 March 2021. Executives plead COVID-related delays for failing to publish their strategic vision for the University. But COVID has not caused any delays in planning to make 145 people redundant and separate them from their livelihoods. If implemented, these badly…

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Leicester UCU in 2 – Mar 15

Published: 15th March, 2021

In this week’s 2-minute summary, we reflect on what it means, during the week of International Womens’ Day, for so many women at the University of Leicester to be at risk of redundancy.

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2021: the year of no research?

Published: 10th March, 2021

Is University of Leicester ‘one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities’. The executive board continues to claim it is. Is University of Leicester in a financial crisis? The executive board continues to deny this ­– or least to deny that the 145 redundancies it is seeking to force through have anything to do with money….

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Will you be a Citizen of Change?

Published: 5th March, 2021

The University of Leicester is highly indebted. Do you think it’s time for a change? Will you be an agent of change? Will you be a #CitizenOfChange?

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Redundancy Briefing

Published: 3rd March, 2021

On 18 January – the first day of second semester teaching and also ‘Blue Monday’ – 145 staff at the University of Leicester were informed they were at risk of redundancy. Staff are threatened in five academic departments – English; Business; Informatics; Mathematics & Actuarial Science; and Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour – and three professional…

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This is not normal! (Which side are you on?)

Published: 2nd March, 2021

[Updated: 4 March.] Nishan Canagarajah and his executive board have repeated claimed that the overwhelming opposition to their plans is ‘normal’. Judge for yourself whether this looks normal. If you’ve expressed a view which isn’t recorded here, please get in touch, as we’re constantly updating the graphic. We want to know, which side are you…

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Leicester UCU in 2 – Feb 25

Published: 26th February, 2021

In this week’s 2-minute summary, we reflect on some of what University of Leicester executives chose to share with staff in their Question-and-Answer session on February 24. You can watch the recording of that event here and/or you can read our live Twitter commentary here. Our conclusion: Nishan Canagarajah and his executive board are seeking…

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Letter to Council

Published: 24th February, 2021

Letter sent to all members of University Council, 23 February 2021. A very similar letter was sent to all members of University Senate. Both are available as PDFs to download. Dear Member of Council I am writing to you about University of Leicester’s present problems. I am sure that the President and Vice-Chancellor has shared…

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