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Anti-casualisation at Leicester

Published: 3rd February, 2018

Details of the work the branch is doing to improve terms and conditions for staff on casualised contracts will be added here shortly. For further information, please contact our Anti-Casualisation Officers: Sue Easton and Nikola Chalashkanov. Information on the national union’s anti-casualisation campaigns can be seen here.  

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Good explanations: the black hole at the heart of UUK’s plan for USS

Published: 2nd February, 2018

Pensions tend to be pretty boring subjects for most people – and there’s a lot of complexity and also obsfuscation around the present ‘crisis’ (yes, that’s in inverted commas) in the USS scheme, the cause of our present dispute with our employers, Universities UK. Below are some useful guides and summaries. Sam Marsh and his…

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Students should get a refund

Published: 31st January, 2018

Robert Liow, of King’s College London, blames vice-chancellors for the forthcoming pensions strikes: he suggests ‘that it is unfair to expect students to cross picket lines or do anything besides stand with striking academics’ and that ‘unless UUK can take action to resolve the dispute and prevent the strike, universities must do the right thing…

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Decisive support for strike action

Published: 28th January, 2018

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Strike Action – Frequently Asked Questions

Published: 26th January, 2018

Below we answer the most frequently asked questions. More FAQs are answered on the UCU national website: National FAQs. Why is this industrial action being called? Did Leicester UCU members vote for sustained industrial action? Will the strike action go ahead? When will we be on strike? What happens on a strike? What is Action…

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Sign-up for picketing

Published: 12th January, 2018

Picketing co-ordinators may have already been in touch with you regarding picketing. If not, please fill out the form below and you will be put on the rota and assigned a picketing location. Picketing will take place between 7.30 and 12.30 each strike day. It is very important that all members participate in picketing activity…

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Pensions: Vote now

Published: 17th November, 2017

Further details:

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Equality Useful Links

Published: 17th November, 2017

  Leicester UCU’s Equal Opportunities Officer is Rashida Vora The University of Leicester Equalities Unit Useful Links Relating to Equality can be found below: ACAS practical guidance on equality legislation Discrimination: your rights ( Equality and Human Rights Commission Equality Challenge Unit The Equality Challenge Unit promotes equality in the higher education sector TUC equality resources UCU…

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Six of the best… and they’re all men

Published: 14th July, 2017

‘HeForShe’ impact champion approves male-only panel of honorary graduates Welcome to the University of Leicester, where you’ve got more chance of being selected for an honorary degree if you’re a white man with grey hair, than a woman. It certainly provides a neat case study in ‘homosocial reproduction’ for lecturing staff. The news of the…

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Finance Update

Published: 9th June, 2017

This time last year, the University of Leicester’s ‘Leadership Team’ was forecasting a financial deficit for 2016/17 of £12.2 million. This predicted ‘black hole’ was used as a pretext to inflict 150 or more compulsory redundancies on staff. University of Leicester UCU’s analysis (see Trying to Achieve Excellence by Aiming for the Average) debunked the…

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