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Member communications

Outcome of EGM on Campus Working: University of Leicester Act Now!

Published: 25th September, 2020

Email to all Leicester UCU members, 25 September 2020 Yesterday (24 September 2020), Leicester UCU held an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss rapidly escalating member fears and concerns about the return to on-campus face-to-face working during the Coronavirus pandemic. With near record attendance, a powerful consensus emerged from our membership, who have directed the LUCU…

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Response to Open Letter

Published: 5th August, 2020

On 23 July we sent an Open Letter to the University of Leicester’s Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. Their response, received on 29 July, is below. The University recognises the valuable contributions all our staff are making during this very difficult time. We take the sector-wide issue of casualisation and precarity seriously and understand the issues this…

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Leicester UCU endorses Gareth4VP

Published: 4th August, 2020

We’re pleased to announce that the committee of Leicester UCU today endorsed branch co-secretary Gareth Brown in his bid to become UCU’s vice-president. You can read more here about Gareth’s campaign and his vision for our union. You can also follow him on Twitter. Whether or not you vote for Gareth, we think this election…

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Lockdown-exit plans and procedural concerns

Published: 12th June, 2020

This is the text of an email sent to the University’s executive board on 5 June. As yet, we have received no response. At yesterday’s COVID-19 update meeting you asked us to put in writing our concerns regarding the University leadership’s lockdown-exit plans. We’ve done this below. It’s a long email, but we believe it’s…

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Statement Deploring Systemic Racism

Published: 11th June, 2020

We in the University of Leicester UCU are appalled and outraged by the murder of George Floyd and by the systemic structures of racism in the United States that have created, maintained, and advanced police brutality and violence against Black lives. We deplore all violence against Black lives in the United States and the UK. We send…

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Kind of Blue Monday

Published: 6th April, 2020

Letter all Leicester UCU members, Monday 6 April. As the University leadership team continues to develop and roll out its COVID-19 response, Leicester UCU continues to respond to members’ concerns. 1. Two Fridays ago (March 27) we reported on negotiations with senior managers regarding our suggestion that, in light of enormous goodwill University of Leicester…

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On Panopto, strike deductions, detriment – and other negotiations

Published: 30th March, 2020

Email sent to all Leicester UCU members, 30 March Phew! What a fortnight! And what more is to come? We don’t know whether the glimmers we see are sunlight at the end of the tunnel or the headlights of an oncoming train! Simply keeping up with the daily set of cascading emails has been a…

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COVID-19 – open letter to all Leicester UCU members

Published: 27th March, 2020

It’s hard to believe how much the world has changed since we returned from the picket lines a couple of weeks ago. Whilst we knew the threat from COVID-19 was serious, hence our revised activities and guidance on our final strike day, most of us did not anticipated a lockdown situation within such a short…

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Handmade Degrees…

Published: 9th March, 2020

This teach-out is tomorrow – Tuesday

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On demonstrations and deductions – you decided!

Published: 19th February, 2020

As you know our institution’s leadership team offered us a ‘deal’. If we agreed to refrain from campus demonstrations and agreed to report our strike action using their online form, then they would ‘generously’ spread pay deductions over three months. We consulted with all Leicester UCU members, via an e-ballot. That ballot closed at midday…

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