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Leicester UCU statement on NZ terrorist attack

Leicester UCU is appalled and horrified to hear of the fascist attack on the Muslim community of Christchurch, New Zealand. We would like to extend our love to those affected by the horrific attack in which 49 people have lost their lives. We are disturbed to hear increasing incidents of Islamophobia, throughout the world. The…

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Statement on ballot result

Members will no doubt have heard the news about the outcome of the pay-and-equality ballot. Although 70% of those members who voted in England, Scotland & Wales backed strike action and 81% voted for action short of a strike, the turnout was only 41%, falling short of the 50% legal threshold. In Northern Ireland, where…

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Students’ union elections – candidates respond

Elections for students’ union officers are now open – closing on Friday afternoon – and also for a ‘Pro-Chancellor (Students)’. Many PhD students at University of Leicester are members of both UCU and the students’ union – and hence able to vote in these elections. Yesterday afternoon we sent the following questions (suggested by PhD…

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Will you stand up for Sarah?

Dear UCU Friends, Many of you may not know me well, but this is a personal plea. I am the co-chair of Leicester UCU, a 30-something-year-old Research Associate who is a woman. During the USS strike this time last year I stood next to you every day in the snow and cold, the rain and…

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DMU renewed…

Our comrades at De Montford University have today published two documents. First a press release responding to Friday’s announcement that Ian Blatchford had resigned as chair of the institution’s governors. Last week many rumours circulated that VC Dominic Shellard was on his way out – confirmed today. The Office for Students has launched an investigation…

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