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Open Letter to Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester

Published: 14th July, 2021

14 July 2021 Dear Professor Canagarajah We are deeply disappointed that having attended one dispute resolution meeting – on 20 May 2021 at our express invitation – you have elected to stay away from subsequent meetings. Nevertheless, we assume that the deputy vice-chancellor is keeping you fully briefed. At the most recent such meeting, on…

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The Global Academic Boycott: An Explainer for Prof. Edmund Burke

Published: 25th June, 2021

During a dispute resolution meeting on 23 June 2021, your Deputy Vice-Chancellor Edmund Burke wondered why National UCU had launched a global academic boycott against the University of Leicester on 4 May 2021. Specifically, he was unsure whether other university employers who are busy trying to make staff redundant have also been subject to an…

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Leicester UCU Fighting Fund

Published: 15th June, 2021

In order to support colleagues undertaking action-short-of-a-strike (ASOS), particularly a lengthy marking and assessment boycott, Leicester UCU have created a Fighting Fund. Details of how members, who will have had salary deducted due to ASOS, can claim from the fund will be published shortly. However, we need fellow members, fellow union branches and the wider…

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Three Day Strike: Reflections

Published: 14th June, 2021

Reflecting on our short, sharp strike action last week, there is a lot we can be proud of. Physical and virtual picketers turned out in solidarity, along with lots of well wishers supporting our cause and some rousing speeches from external commentators. The strike took on three key daily themes that have been incredibly relevant…

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The Rep Newsletter, No. 5

Published: 14th June, 2021

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History External Examiner Resignation

Published: 14th June, 2021

Dr Gerhard Wolf, Senior Lecturer in History and Director of Doctoral Studies in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities at the University of Sussex, resigns as University of Leicester’s external examiner in history, saying he is ‘disturbed’ by the executive board’s unwillingness to listen to criticism and consult meaningfully with staff. His full letter…

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Wall of Names

Published: 11th June, 2021

Over 200 great colleagues have been forced out of the University of Leicester in the past 15 months. This is the result of the executive board’s decision to abandon casualised staff in the first months of the pandemic and, more recently, its catastrophic ‘shaping for excellence’ programme, in which at least 100 people have been…

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The Rep Newsletter, No. 4

Published: 11th June, 2021

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The Rep Newsletter, No . 3

Published: 10th June, 2021

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Strike Day One: Reflections

Published: 9th June, 2021

Today, our three day strike began. A socially distanced physical picket line was in force until 11:30am when colleagues marched across campus, ending on the lawn in front of the Fielding Johnson building. The atmosphere was kind, jovial and there was an incredible sense of solidarity. Members conversed with staff, students and members of the…

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