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Redundancies

Declaration of dispute

Published: 5th February, 2021

Email sent to All UCU members at Leicester University of 4 February We’re in the midst of a global pandemic. Contrary to its rhetoric of the prioritisaton of student and staff well-being and ‘citizens of change’ – revealed to be nothing more than cynical marketeer speak – our employer has adjudged such a moment to…

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Leicester UCU in 2

Published: 5th February, 2021

In this week’s update (5 February 2021), Comms Officer, David Harvie, reflects on the first week of individual consultations – a rushed processes by the University.

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Foundations of Computing are not redundant

Published: 4th February, 2021

Colleagues at risk of redundancy in the School of Informatics unpick the business case being used against them. To sign the petition opposing managers’ plans, click here. Recently management at the University of Leicester put forward a business case to slash the School of Mathematics by making redundant all pure maths researchers, and to similarly…

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Problematic Redundancy Consultation Timeframes

Published: 1st February, 2021

University of Leicester has ordinances – agreed with campus unions – to cover redundancies. In the present situation our employer is honouring these ordinances only in their breech. In all of the 8 departments/units, where colleagues are at risk, the timeline has been compressed, to the detriment of colleagues. The move is cynical in the…

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The cynicism driving cuts in English

Published: 27th January, 2021

The proposed cuts to English at the University of Leicester have been universally condemned worldwide, with hundreds of distinguished scholars warning of reputational damage to the University and the ways in which the student experience will be impoverished. Some of the staff at risk of redundancy unpick the inconsistencies in the cynical thinking that is…

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Leicester UCU on Radio Leicester to discuss the staff cuts

Published: 27th January, 2021

Our Communications Officer, David Harvie, was invited to explain the outrage felt by staff over the impending staff cuts. (Available directly on the BBC Sounds website: 01h 06m 45s in https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p093s627)

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Redundancies comment #4 – Bad (Neuroscience, Psychology) Behaviour

Published: 26th January, 2021

It’s taken us a while to get our heads round what the University’s shaping for excellent redundancies plans might mean for NPB (Dept of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour) because, well… let’s see… We’ve had questions regarding (external consultant) DataHE’s projections of student recruitment figures throughout, but didn’t expect to be asking how on earth substantial projected EXPANSION of Neuroscience…

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First statement on threatened compulsory redundancies

Published: 25th January, 2021

On date 18 January – the first day of second semester teaching and also ‘Blue Monday’ – senior managers at the University of Leicester wrote to 145 members of staff informing them that their jobs were at risk of redundancy. Managers are calling their plans Shaping for Excellence.The affected staff are in five academic departments…

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Redundancy Consultation Tool-Kit

Published: 25th January, 2021

On Monday 18th January 2021, University of Leicester’s Executive Board notified 145 employees from across the institution that they may be at risk of redundancy. Collective consultations are taking place across this week (w/b 25th January 2021). In most cases it is likely that these will be followed by a further collective consultation and two…

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Redundancies comment #4 – Computer says “no” (to access to external departmental reviews)

Published: 22nd January, 2021

We’ve so far concentrated on specific research & teaching areas within academic departments being targeted for the chop in the name of the Vice-Chancellor’s “excellence” (and we’ll come back to that). What of the 7 professional services groupings part of the grand transformation? The pre-change “engagement” process (so many terms have to be put into…

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