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2021: the year of no research?

Published: 10th March, 2021

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Is University of Leicester ‘one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities’. The executive board continues to claim it is. Is University of Leicester in a financial crisis? The executive board continues to deny this ­– or least to deny that the 145 redundancies it is seeking to force through have anything to do with money….

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The new improved “Education Services” – now without Learning and Teaching

Published: 9th March, 2021

The University executive board wishes to make redundant seven people who work in the Leicester Learning Institute. Here, one member of that team – supposedly not ‘directly impacted’ – shares their horror. The Education Services business case is shockingly inept. My colleagues and I are also shocked by the secrecy, the evasion and the disinformation…

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Reclaiming #ChooseToChallenge

Published: 8th March, 2021

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This year, the University of Leicester launched #ChooseToChallenge to mark International Women’s Day (which is today, March 8th). The stated aim of the motto is to recognise that ‘from challenge comes change’ – something with which all of us can agree. However, in the context of the current dispute between the University leadership and employees…

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Will you be a Citizen of Change?

Published: 5th March, 2021

The University of Leicester is highly indebted. Do you think it’s time for a change? Will you be an agent of change? Will you be a #CitizenOfChange?

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“Angry is good”: on the selection of targets

Published: 3rd March, 2021

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As the University executive charges ahead with its ‘cases for change’, one of our professional services colleagues offers insights into how senior managers conduct the more unpalatable aspects of running what is essentially a business – and how they can be confronted. This colleague draws on the example of the School of Business (ULSB) –…

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