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Out-of-office wording

Published: 16th February, 2018

As explained in the Strike FAQ, UCU members should not read or respond to any emails whilst on strike, and should immediately delete, unread, all emails on return to work — except for those from students. During strike periods, we ask you to put an out-of-office auto-reply on your emails. We suggest the following text — though of course…

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Everything you want to know about the strike in 2 mins

Published: 16th February, 2018

Staff and students from the University of Warwick answer your questions in this new video! “This is an opportunity, we can call for free tuition. We can call for new learning environments. We can use strikes to create a new, different university. We can win!”

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Leicester SU Condemn Willetts’s Appointment and Launch Petition

Published: 13th February, 2018

Amy Moran, President of Leicester Students’ Union yesterday issued a statement on behalf of the SU expressing deep concern at the appointment of David Willetts and asking the university to think again. The SU has also launched a petition, which UCU is giving its full backing. You can sign and share the students’ union petition…

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Picketing locations

Published: 12th February, 2018

Note that some “locations” will cover a number of different buildings/entrances.  See full screen Allocation of departments to locations ALL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED, IF ABLE, TO PARTICIPATE IN PICKETING! This is not an optional extra, it is an essential part of our action. During previous actions, the University has often been able to point…

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Statement on David Willetts’s appointment to Chancellor

Published: 10th February, 2018

The University of Leicester yesterday announced the appointment of David Willetts as its new Chancellor. The former MP (and now peer) was until 2014 Minister for Science and Universities. He was the minister responsible for the tripling of university tuition fees to their current level of £9000 – an amount he described as “fair and…

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Made in Westminster: the source of the USS ‘crisis’ – and the solution

Published: 9th February, 2018

In this post, Sean Wallis locates three causes of the USS pensions ‘crisis’. First, the 2014 Pensions Act, which allows employers to prioritise their own growth over funding of their pension scheme. Second, quantitative easing, which means that the yield on government securities (which are supposedly less risky than equities) is extremely low — not…

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Leicester University Students’ Union supports strike!

Published: 5th February, 2018

The students’ union at University of Leicester has issued has issued a statement saying it is ‘in full support of UCU… Leicester Students’ Union encourages our members to visit picket lines to show support on strike days and engage with staff on the action that they’re taking. The Students’ Union President, Amy Moran, will continue…

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Health & Safety at Leicester

Published: 5th February, 2018

Details of the work the branch is doing to improve health, safety and welfare of all staff will be added here shortly. For further information, please contact our Health & Safety Officers: Sally Horrocks, Phoebe Moore and Mike Mulheran. Information on the national union’s Health & Safety campaigns can be seen here.

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Anti-casualisation at Leicester

Published: 3rd February, 2018

Details of the work the branch is doing to improve terms and conditions for staff on casualised contracts will be added here shortly. For further information, please contact our Anti-Casualisation Officers: Sue Easton and Nikola Chalashkanov. Information on the national union’s anti-casualisation campaigns can be seen here.  

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Good explanations: the black hole at the heart of UUK’s plan for USS

Published: 2nd February, 2018

Pensions tend to be pretty boring subjects for most people – and there’s a lot of complexity and also obsfuscation around the present ‘crisis’ (yes, that’s in inverted commas) in the USS scheme, the cause of our present dispute with our employers, Universities UK. Below are some useful guides and summaries. Sam Marsh and his…

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