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Redundancies

We are the foundations

Published: 14th June, 2018

A3 posters, A4 posters and A5 fliers all coming soon…

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Redundancies & shameful treatment of fixed-term contract staff – email to all members 5 June 2018

Published: 7th June, 2018

Dear Leicester UCU member, As we are sure you are aware, and was made clear at Paul Boyle’s all staff talk last week, the University is about to embark on yet another round of redundancies in order to reduce our University’s “staff cost to income ratio”. Our own analysis of the University finances is available…

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Build, baby, build… nothing new from the VC

Published: 1st June, 2018

There was nothing new from President Boyle at Wednesday’s Missive to the Masses. We’ve heard it all before…challenging times ahead, too much expenditure on staff, don’t recover enough research spend, pensions cost too much (ha!) and, as had been revealed the previous day, the University’s league table positions leave something to be desired (having plummeted…

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People vs. the digital campus and investors

Published: 24th May, 2018

Last Thursday (May 17), Paul Boyle sent an email to all colleagues on behalf of the University Leadership Team (ULT). The vice-chancellor announced that – only two years after the last ‘manufactured crisis‘ – the ULT had decided to embark on another campaign of redundancies – compulsory as well as voluntary. This is on top…

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Disquiet in the ranks

Published: 17th May, 2018

This afternoon, Professor Paul Boyle emailed all University of Leicester employees with a ‘University financial planning update’. The content and language was all too familiar. The president and vice-chancellor informed us that ‘we continue to face a number of financial issues, both local and national’. He also wrote Whilst other universities have reduced their staff…

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Out-of-office wording

Published: 7th May, 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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Finance Update

Published: 9th June, 2017

This time last year, the University of Leicester’s ‘Leadership Team’ was forecasting a financial deficit for 2016/17 of £12.2 million. This predicted ‘black hole’ was used as a pretext to inflict 150 or more compulsory redundancies on staff. University of Leicester UCU’s analysis (see Trying to Achieve Excellence by Aiming for the Average) debunked the…

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Redundancy Update [October 2016]

Published: 14th October, 2016

A briefing on the campaign against compulsory redundancies

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Redundancy Update [September 2016]

Published: 15th September, 2016

A briefing on the cost of ‘institutional transformation’

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