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Leicester UCU Ballot Result

Published: 14th April, 2021

Our ballot for industrial action to defend jobs and livelihoods at the University of Leicester – to defend the University of Leicester – closed earlier today. We are pleased to announce that we exceed the legal minimum threshold, achieving a turnout of 56.3%. This is a remarkable success given the challenges of holding a ballot…

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‘An insulting slap in the face’: ITV Central – 31 March

Published: 2nd April, 2021

Pictures of Deborah Toner and Simon Lilley

ITV Central reported on what’s happening at our University on their 6 o’clock news programme on Wednesday 31 March. Their report includes interviews with Professor Simon Lilley, one of our professorial reps (at risk of redundancy from the School of Business) and with Dr Deborah Toner, our Campaigns and Social Media officer. University leaders “declined…

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Long-term liabilities at the University of Leicester

Published: 2nd April, 2021

Images of architect impressions of Freemens Common 'student village'

We have claimed that the University of Leicester is ‘on the verge of bankruptcy’. This claim is based on our reading of the 2019/20 financial statements, that were published (several weeks later than usual) in early March, and on other publicly-available financial information, e.g. University executives’ decision to increase short-term borrowing from the Bank of…

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Shaping for a Strike

Published: 1st April, 2021

Shaping for a strike flier

Materials sent in printed form to all members of Leicester UCU eligible to vote, 30 March 2021. Executives plead COVID-related delays for failing to publish their strategic vision for the University. But COVID has not caused any delays in planning to make 145 people redundant and separate them from their livelihoods. If implemented, these badly…

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On the likelihood of being made redundant from the School of Business

Published: 23rd March, 2021

Statistical modelling shows no evidence to support the claim that redundancies in the School of Business are about disinvesting from political economy and Critical Management Studies. By far the most statistically significant factor is union activism. An underperforming Economics, Finance & Accounting professor who researches in political economy has a 5% chance of redundancy if…

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