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Redundancies comment #3 – Plan for Maths doesn’t add up

Published: 21st January, 2021

Earlier today the Vice-Chancellor did a live Q&A in which there were many questions about the University’s planned redundancies. This one is particularly relevant to the proposals facing School of Mathematics & Actuarial Science. Lots of questions in the chat about redundancies. Here’s one: Staff have been put through very damaging and problematic ‘transformations’ by…

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Redundancies comment #2 – Show us the data

Published: 20th January, 2021

Previously we drew attention to the specific redundancy plans aimed at the University School of Business in CMS & Political Economy specialisms. Thanks to all highlighting the wrongness of these plans. Our comms team will do the same for each affected area. Because none of the plans in other areas make any more sense to…

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Redundancies comment #1 – Welcome back to the start of term

Published: 20th January, 2021

Our leadership team has another perfect moment for you, today emailing hundreds of staff to tell them they, or others in their teams, are at risk of redundancy. The timing is brutal, the process shady. Throughout the pre-change engagement that supposedly informs these decisions, we asked repeatedly for access to the external consultancy reports feeding…

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Changing the Pre-Change Engagement Process

Published: 4th December, 2020

Based on member feedback and the experiences of Leicester UCU representatives attending the numerous pre-change engagement meetings that have been ongoing since late October, we wrote to the Executive Board with a number of concerns and requests, almost all of which have been rejected. This is extremely disappointing given how prominently the staff members leading…

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University Restructuring Plans Threaten our Community

Published: 13th October, 2020

We have been told repeatedly by Vice Chancellor Canagarajah and by other members of University executive board that our community is the University of Leicester’s most valuable asset. We have been told that the health and wellbeing of staff and students is the University’s top priority. But today staff are anxious and upset; our community…

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Open Letter to the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor

Published: 23rd July, 2020

To add you signature to this Open Letter follow this link. [To see the response, received on 29 July, see here.] 23 July 2020 Dear Professor Canagarajah and Lord Willetts The University of Leicester is ONE community, and now, more than ever, we must stand together and support one another as we face the teaching,…

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Leicester UCU: ‘Highly Commended’

Published: 4th December, 2018

Leicester UCU has been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Midlands TUC Campaign of the Year award. We received the commendation (the ‘runner-up’ prize) for our successful summer campaign against compulsory redundancies at our university. Winners of the ‘Campaign of the Year’ award were a group of Unison care workers who emerged victorious after a longterm dispute…

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Shortlisted: Midlands TUC Campaign of the Year Award

Published: 27th November, 2018

We are very proud to announce that Leicester UCU has been nominated for the Midlands TUC Campaign of the Year award, for our successful summer campaign against compulsory redundancies at our university. The winner will be announced at an Awards night – which will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Trades Union Congress –…

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The Business Case for Supporting Staff

Published: 26th October, 2018

Ruth Luthi-Carter is a professor in the University of Leicester’s Department of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour. Now the dust has settled a little on the University Leadership Team’s withdrawal of the remaining ‘business cases’ for compulsory redundancies it presented last summer, she reflects on the prospective value of an alternative approach to managing change. The…

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Redundancies dispute – resolution details

Published: 24th September, 2018

What follows is a summary both of the agreement reached on Thursday between the University of Leicester Leadership Team and Leicester UCU, and of yesterday’s EGM of Leicester UCU, which endorsed this agreement. The summer has been a bruising one for many parties at University of Leicester. It’s likely the uncertainty and unlying disgruntlement were…

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