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Member communications

Leicester UCU in 2 – April 16

Published: 16th April, 2021

At our AGM on 14 April, branch members overwhelming passed the following motion, calling for the greylisting of University of Leicester. In this week’s 2-minute video blog, Deirdre O’Sullivan, former vice-chair who has been supporting many at-risk members, reflects on the damage being inflicted on the University by the current redundancy processes, and explains why…

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Leicester UCU in 2 – Mar 15

Published: 15th March, 2021

In this week’s 2-minute summary, we reflect on what it means, during the week of International Womens’ Day, for so many women at the University of Leicester to be at risk of redundancy.

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Leicester UCU in 2 – Feb 25

Published: 26th February, 2021

In this week’s 2-minute summary, we reflect on some of what University of Leicester executives chose to share with staff in their Question-and-Answer session on February 24. You can watch the recording of that event here and/or you can read our live Twitter commentary here. Our conclusion: Nishan Canagarajah and his executive board are seeking…

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Leicester UCU has ‘paused’ health and safety dispute

Published: 4th December, 2020

Thanks to all members for feeding back your views on the status of our dispute over health and safety concerns and for voting on how to proceed with this dispute. The email sent to all members with that survey outlined the position we had reached through the dispute resolution process can be accessed here. A…

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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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Bolting Horses & Stable Doors: Responding to COVID-19 Cases on Campus

Published: 12th October, 2020

University of Leicester staff were notified of the University’s COVID-19 Strategic Response Framework for the first time on Friday 9 October, 5.45pm, in an email from the Chief Operating Officer, two weeks after students returned to campus. In this email, the COO reported that the “Strategic Framework has been agreed by the local Public Health…

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Outcome of EGM on Campus Working: University of Leicester Act Now!

Published: 25th September, 2020

Email to all Leicester UCU members, 25 September 2020 Yesterday (24 September 2020), Leicester UCU held an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss rapidly escalating member fears and concerns about the return to on-campus face-to-face working during the Coronavirus pandemic. With near record attendance, a powerful consensus emerged from our membership, who have directed the LUCU…

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Response to Open Letter

Published: 5th August, 2020

On 23 July we sent an Open Letter to the University of Leicester’s Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. Their response, received on 29 July, is below. The University recognises the valuable contributions all our staff are making during this very difficult time. We take the sector-wide issue of casualisation and precarity seriously and understand the issues this…

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Leicester UCU endorses Gareth4VP

Published: 4th August, 2020

We’re pleased to announce that the committee of Leicester UCU today endorsed branch co-secretary Gareth Brown in his bid to become UCU’s vice-president. You can read more here about Gareth’s campaign and his vision for our union. You can also follow him on Twitter. Whether or not you vote for Gareth, we think this election…

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Lockdown-exit plans and procedural concerns

Published: 12th June, 2020

This is the text of an email sent to the University’s executive board on 5 June. As yet, we have received no response. At yesterday’s COVID-19 update meeting you asked us to put in writing our concerns regarding the University leadership’s lockdown-exit plans. We’ve done this below. It’s a long email, but we believe it’s…

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