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Love and solidarity – from a former colleague

A year ago (tomorrow) two Leicester UCU reps wrote a thank you letter to everyone in the branch for their contribution to collective action. In the history of this branch, I don’t there’s ever been a more appropriate time to pause and repeat this sentiment: to thank members of the branch and their wider family…

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Leicester UCU in 2 – Feb 25

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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Letter on plans for Informatics

Letter to Prof. Nishan Canaranajah, 24 Feb 2021. Dear Vice Chancellor, The undersigned are former members of the erstwhile Department of Computer Science, and presently the School of Informatics at the University of Leicester. We enjoyed its passion for quality teaching, its vibrant research discussions, and the enduring sense of community. In short, Leicester was…

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German scientists’ ‘dismay’ at VC’s plans for Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour

Open letter to Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor,University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.vc@leicester.ac.uk We write to express our profound dismay at the decision to close the “Mechanisms of Animal Behaviour” and “Systems Neuroscience” Groups in the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour at the University of Leicester. This decision will severely harm the University’s ability…

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I’m not at risk, but I’m affected

The scope of the injustices taking place at the University of Leicester right now are staggering. For 145 colleagues, the threat of losing their livelihoods in what is still very much the middle of a global crisis, with no end in sight, is unconscionable as a starting point, but when faced with incompetently written and…

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