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Shortlisted: Midlands TUC Campaign of the Year Award

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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Great expectations – on grant income targets in Life Sciences

Message sent to all Leicester UCU members, 22 November. Over the past few weeks, several UCU members in the College of Life Sciences have expressed concerns over plans to introduce ‘targets’ or ‘expectations’ of academic staff, including level of grant income. In case anyone needs reminding, the use of such a metric as a performance…

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Inclusive Ideathon and the Inclusive Curriculum Project

On Thursday 1 November, students and staff from across the University of Leicester came together to discuss how to decolonise the curriculum and create a more inclusive university. The event was jointly organised by the Students’ Union and the university’s Inclusive Curriculum team made up of academic and professional services staff, and coordinated by Azza…

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The Business Case for Supporting Staff

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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UCU Recall Congress 2018

Our union’s Congress Business Committee (CBC) has a seemingly thankless, but nevertheless essential, job. Its task is to sort the dozens of motions submitted each year to annual congress, filter out those that are ineligible for some reasons (submitted too late and don’t satisify criteria to qualify as ’emergency’, for instance), coordinated the ‘compositing’ of…

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