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Thank You Dear Colleagues, 11 August

Published: 11th August, 2021

This is the most painful post I’ve had to write. Please take the time to read this, sincerely Alex Patel (acting Chair). Today, Wednesday 11th August, the executive board make a further twenty-one staff redundant. We continue to call for their reinstatement. They have done so much for our branch over the years, many as…

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

Published: 14th July, 2021

14 July 2021 Dear Professor Canagarajah We are deeply disappointed that having attended one dispute resolution meeting – on 20 May 2021 at our express invitation – you have elected to stay away from subsequent meetings. Nevertheless, we assume that the deputy vice-chancellor is keeping you fully briefed. At the most recent such meeting, on…

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History External Examiner Resignation

Published: 14th June, 2021

Dr Gerhard Wolf, Senior Lecturer in History and Director of Doctoral Studies in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities at the University of Sussex, resigns as University of Leicester’s external examiner in history, saying he is ‘disturbed’ by the executive board’s unwillingness to listen to criticism and consult meaningfully with staff. His full letter…

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Open Letter from professors and other senior staff

Published: 18th May, 2021

An open letter to members of the University of Leicester Executive Board, copied to members of Senate, Council and Court We are a group of professors and other senior staff currently employed at the University. We are writing to express our concern at the current plans for extensive compulsory redundancies within the University. We note…

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Letter to Council

Published: 24th February, 2021

Letter sent to all members of University Council, 23 February 2021. A very similar letter was sent to all members of University Senate. Both are available as PDFs to download. Dear Member of Council I am writing to you about University of Leicester’s present problems. I am sure that the President and Vice-Chancellor has shared…

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73 scholars decry ‘cultural vandalism’

Published: 8th February, 2021

Professor Ad Putter, Fellow of the British Academy and co-director of University of Bristol’s Centre for Medieval Studies, along with 72 other scholars have written to University of Leicester’s vice-chancellor, decrying his proposed changes to English at our university.

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Welcome to Nishan Canagarajah

Published: 4th November, 2019

Dear Nishan It was good to have the opportunity to meet with you a fortnight ago and briefly outline our priorities. We are writing to formally welcome you to Leicester and to our university. Here we – very briefly – reflect on the history of the University, explain what we believe to be its most…

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Letter to VC and Chief Librarian

Published: 30th August, 2019

Letter sent from Leicester UCU to Acting Vice-Chancellor and the Chief Librarian re proposed cuts to library budget, 30 August 2019. We write to express our alarm at the cuts to library information resources due to be introduced from the academic year. At more than half a million pounds (£547,624 is the figure we have…

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