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Reclaiming #ChooseToChallenge

Published: 8th March, 2021

This year, the University of Leicester launched #ChooseToChallenge to mark International Women’s Day (which is today, March 8th). The stated aim of the motto is to recognise that ‘from challenge comes change’ – something with which all of us can agree. However, in the context of the current dispute between the University leadership and employees…

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Seven months of prioritising health, safety and wellbeing. Plus…

Published: 29th October, 2020

It’s been hard work keeping up with all of the University exectutive board’s emails of the past 7 months. For those who couldn’t quite manage it, here’s our handy summary. April 2020 The health, safety and wellbeing of all staff and students is our top priority. Plus, here’s an emergency workload model that we’ve designed…

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Despair, heartbreak and moral disgust: covid reflections

Published: 30th September, 2020

A University of Leicester employee former University of Leicester employee offers some personal reflections One of the hardest things about being made redundant at University of Leicester, during the Covid disaster, was witnessing the despair of lowly paid colleagues losing their jobs too. It was also heartbreaking to have to discontinue my charity donations. I’m…

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Open Letter to the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor

Published: 23rd July, 2020

To add you signature to this Open Letter follow this link. [To see the response, received on 29 July, see here.] 23 July 2020 Dear Professor Canagarajah and Lord Willetts The University of Leicester is ONE community, and now, more than ever, we must stand together and support one another as we face the teaching,…

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Four Fights offer – where do we go from here?

Published: 14th July, 2020

Email sent to all Leicester UCU members, 14 July As a UCU member working in higher education you will have received an email from Civica, inviting you to vote on whether to accept or reject UCEA’s offer in our Four Fights dispute. As the covering letter makes clear, UCU’s higher education committee, following the steer from…

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School of Business staff dig deep for casualised colleagues

Published: 15th June, 2020

In May, the UCU members in the School of Business (ULSB) launched a crowdfunding campaign for some of our PhD students. “Thank you for the initiative, it means the world 🙂” – PhD student 1 ULSB educates approximately 4,000 students. Of those, several hundred are pursuing a Masters’ degree, almost all of them from overseas. The…

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Four Fights and USS disputes… where now?

Published: 1st June, 2020

Last week we invited all members of Leicester UCU to give their views on the present situation in the Four Fights and USS disputes. These views informed discussions of the union’s Higher Education Committee, which met on 27 May to try to agree where next.  There are four parts to this communication. First, we repeat…

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Greater participation = quicker resolution!

Published: 6th March, 2020

                                    We need you – and you are so welcome! Dear Colleagues! We know you can hear us. And we know that you see us every day, too. Just like we see you going to work. All this despite our shared concerns about the strike, the future of our sector, and the care that our…

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Strikes 2020: Day 9… a new banner

Published: 5th March, 2020

There was much excitement this morning, as we unwrapped our brand new banner – designed by textile artist Cath Long after an ideas workshop she ran with us on December 13. It is an object of great beauty, it includes images of now-iconic features of our picket lines – the purple trombone, for example –…

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Strikes 2020: Day 8… Another riotous and righteous day on the Leicester university pickets

Published: 4th March, 2020

Picketing started bright and early at Univeristy of Leicester on Day 8. From what felt like the crack of dawn, there were gooey baked goods, brand new leaflets, and a sense of determination on the line. A generous supporter stopped by the pickets and though she didn’t leave her name, we were very buoyed up…

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