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Statement: Employment Tribunals

Published: 11th March, 2024

Leicester UCU celebrates last week’s ruling from an Employment Tribunal, that three former colleagues, David Harvie, Geoffrey Lightfoot and Simon Lilley, were unfairly dismissed by the University of Leicester. The three were among the victims, within the School of Business (ULSB), of the “Shaping for Excellence” redundancy programme. The case follows an earlier Tribunal ruling…

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Strike FAQs

Published: 16th June, 2023

Why are we going on strike? At 136 of the 140 universities, UCU members will strike for five consecutive days from Monday 25 to Friday 29 September. The dispute centres on low pay and working conditions. Employer body, the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has imposed a pay award for 23/24 worth just 5% for most UCU…

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‘Rogue’ marks: What to do?

Published: 14th June, 2023

With the ongoing Marking and Assessment Boycott, some parts of the University will have their processes of progression and graduation delayed. The current Senate regulations allow managers in the University to appoint alternative markers to undermine the MAB, by producing ‘rogue’ marks. We consider rogue marks to be problematic, because they are usually not awarded…

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Leicester UCU to Strike: No to Wage Theft

Published: 7th June, 2023

Leicester UCU branch will take strike action as part of the ongoing industrial action over pay and conditions in UK universities. Strike action will occur on these dates: We regret that we have been forced to escalate our action. This reflects the punitive response to our Marking & Assessment Boycott (MAB) by university management and…

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Letter to Nishan Canagarajah

Published: 23rd May, 2023

In light of our branch voting to escalate to local strike action, this letter was sent to the Vice Chancellor on 23 May 2023. Response from Nishan Canagarajah, received 31 May 2023

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Strike Schedule

Published: 1st May, 2023

Picket Location Picket location will be at the Victoria Park entrance to campus (circled on map). Strike Days Daily Schedule Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th

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MAB Student Resources

Published: 26th April, 2023

UCU Marking and Assessment Boycott: Info for students at the University of Leicester We are members of the University and College Union (UCU). We are your seminar tutors, professional services staff, and lecturers. We teach you, we support and guide you, and we do the research you rely on.  Along with thousands of other UCU…

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Marking & Assessment Boycott

Published: 21st April, 2023

The elected representatives on UCU’s higher education committee (HEC) voted to begin a marking and assessment boycott (MAB) from Thursday 20 April 2023. This means that from Thursday 20 April 2023, all UCU members in higher education institutions which are part of the pay and working conditions dispute to cease undertaking all summative marking and associated assessment activities/duties. The boycott…

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Pay Award Imposition

Published: 1st March, 2023

UCEA to impose pay “award” It will have come as a surprise to many UCU members to hear that UCEA, the university employers’ body, have imposed the 2023-2024 pay “award” and are not open to further negotiation with unions in higher education. This came within days of UCEA agreeing a two-week “period of calm” with…

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Leicester UCU on Strike!

Published: 1st February, 2023

Wednesday 1 Feb saw 70000 UCU members on strike, along with over 500000 workers in the UK. Thanks to all those who made our pickets incredibly strong, and joined us on the rally in the city centre, where we joined other unions on strike in Leicester. Here are a selection of pictures of the day….

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