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2021: the year of no research?

Published: 10th March, 2021

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

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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Indicative ballot update

Published: 2nd March, 2021

A substantial majority of Leicester UCU members participated in the consultative ballot on industrial action, which closed on 26th February 2021. Of those that voted, an overwhelming majority said they were prepared to take both strike action and action short of a strike in order to defend livelihoods at the University of Leicester. The branch…

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On the 2019–20 accounts…

Published: 1st March, 2021

Earlier today the University of Leicester executive finally published its financial statements for the year ending 31 July 2020. Normally, universities must publish their accounts in mid-January. Although the Office for Students sanctioned an extension of the deadline this year – because of COVID – our employer was still one of few not able to…

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Letter on plans for Informatics

Published: 24th February, 2021

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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“Shaping for Excellence” – a view from an academic librarian

Published: 23rd February, 2021

“Shaping for Excellence” proposes merging the Library’s User Services team with colleagues from the Student Services Team, to provide a single team to deal with a wider range of enquiries. It is User Services who have re-opened the David Wilson Library and who keep it operating. The University appeared to value their contribution by giving…

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

Published: 23rd February, 2021

Open letter to Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor,University of Leicester, Leicester, 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

Published: 22nd February, 2021

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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