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Response to VC’s email

Published: 18th May, 2021

Email sent to all members of Leicester UCU, Tuesday 18 May 2021 On Friday, the Vice-Chancellor sent you an email expressing disappointment about aspects of UCU’s campaign to defend the livelihoods of our members. At the precise moment this message landed in your inbox, your branch negotiators were finalising an olive branch invitation to the…

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Open Letter from professors and other senior staff

Published: 18th May, 2021

An open letter to members of the University of Leicester Executive Board, copied to members of Senate, Council and Court We are a group of professors and other senior staff currently employed at the University. We are writing to express our concern at the current plans for extensive compulsory redundancies within the University. We note…

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Pure Maths External Examiner resignation

Published: 17th May, 2021

Dr Alison Parker, associate professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Leeds, resigns as University of Leicester’s external examiner in pure mathematics, saying she no longer wishes to be associated with such a “university”. She has also donated her examiner fees from last year to the maths legal fund. Her…

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WHO is doing WHAT to WHOM

Published: 12th May, 2021

Do you know any of the individuals below? Ask them what’s happening at University of Leicester. Ask them what their role is, ask them what they’re doing to defend the University! Are you a member of any of same organisations as any of the individuals below, whether a professional assocation, or voluntary or religious body?…

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Action Short of a Strike and Strike Action: A Guide for our Wonderful Students

Published: 7th May, 2021

Last updated on 8 June 2021 Since October 2020, staff have been trying to resist the University leadership team’s plans to restructure several academic departments and student support services that involve significant cuts to staff jobs. Across the whole academic year, we’ve engaged in hundreds of hours of meetings, researched and written alternative proposals to avoid job losses, and repeatedly…

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Academic Boycott – FAQs for University of Leicester Staff

Published: 7th May, 2021

On Tuesday 4th May UCU formally announced a Global Academic Boycott of the University of Leicester and informed its members across all institutions. For UCU members and supporters outside UoL, this means not applying for any advertised jobs at Leicester not speaking at or organising academic or other conferences at Leicester which are outside of…

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Global boycott of University of Leicester

Published: 4th May, 2021

To coinicide with the start of our industrial action today, our national union today has announced a global boycott of University of Leicester. It’s a rare and extremely serious sanction – it’s the ultimate sanction, a signal of how serious things are at our institution, of how poorly our University’s leadership is behaving. As Jo…

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Leicester UCU ASOS Guide and FAQ 2021

Published: 30th April, 2021

Introduction  Leicester UCU recently voted in favour of industrial action to defend jobs threatened by compulsory redundancy. The branch members voted overwhelmingly for both strike action, and action short of a strike (ASOS). 84.1% voted in favour of ASOS.  This guide and FAQ covers action short of a strike only. See the Strike FAQ for guidance on strike days 9, 10 and 11 June.  Important Note: Prof Canagarajah continues to reiterate…

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Reporting Action Short Of a Strike

Published: 29th April, 2021

To use our quick, easy and lawful reporting mechanism, click here. Reporting ASOS to your employer Have you recently read an email from the VC about how, why, and when to report your observance of Action Short of A Strike (ASOS)? Confused? Us too. As it stands, the reporting mechanism suggested by the VC appears…

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VC’s email – with feedback

Published: 29th April, 2021

On 28 April, the Vice-Chancellor wrote to all employees of the University. His message is below, with our commentary.

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