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Love and solidarity – from a former colleague

Published: 26th February, 2021

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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

Published: 26th February, 2021

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

Published: 24th February, 2021

image of Edmund Burke and Nishan Canagarajah, with text "flawed processes... flawed screening... truly shocking..."

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

Picture of library shelf stacker with text: "'critical workers' – but redundant"

“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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