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Out-of-the-ordinary general meeting and welcome – 7 Oct

Published: 6th September, 2019

Join us on Monday 7 October – from 4pm (venue: Physics Lecture Theatre A) – for an extraordinary general meeting of Leicester UCU, followed by welcome gathering.

In the middle of not one but two strike ballots – in defence of our USS pensions and for greater equality and pay rises that aren’t real-terms pay cuts – we’ll welcome UCU’s new general secretary Jo Grady. Jo – erstwhile colleague and comrade – will talk about these twin campaigns and, more generally, her vision for our union. Of course, there’ll be opportunity for Leicester UCU members to put our own questions and opinions to her.

With the arrival of University of Leicester’s new vice-chancellor, Nishan Canagarajah, imminent this EGM will also be a chance for us to talk about our university and how we want it develop over the next years and decades. Incoming VCs – like all chief executives – frequently arrive with their own visions and plans. (Prof. Canagarajah’s predecessor certainly did.) We firmly believe that, before attempting anything, the new vice-chancellor should first spend time talking with those people who actually make University of Leicester – its students and its employees… no, Prof Canagarajah should first spend time listening to those people who actually make University of Leicester. We intend to write to him on his arrival in early November, both welcoming him to Leicester and – importantly – explaining what our vision for our institution is. Our meeting on October 7 is a opportunity for members to help shape this Leicester UCU vision.

Finally, the EGM will segue into a more social gathering, an opportunity to welcome new members of the Leicester UCU members and to reconnect with one another. There will be non-alcholic drinks and – we hope – wine and samosas. Although we’re unable to organise formal childcare, children are welcome.