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Leicester UCU – a top-11 influencer

According to new research on social-media activity during the 2018 USS pension strikes, Leicester UCU is a top-11 influencer. The researchers – University of Leicester scholars Athina Karatzogianni and Khamis Ambusaidi, in collaboration with Torsten Geelan, who has just moved from Leicester to University of Copenhagen, and Ioanna Ferra of Coventry University – were interested…

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It’s OK not to be OK

I’m not sure how many weeks into lockdown we are – I’ve lost count. It’s all a bit of a blur anyway – I was self-isolating with COVID-19 symptoms well before lockdown. I was in bed at the time that the University decided to close the campus. Back then, I couldn’t make it to the…

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School of Business staff dig deep for casualised colleagues

In May, the UCU members in the School of Business (ULSB) launched a crowdfunding campaign for some of our PhD students. “Thank you for the initiative, it means the world 🙂” – PhD student 1 ULSB educates approximately 4,000 students. Of those, several hundred are pursuing a Masters’ degree, almost all of them from overseas. The…

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Lockdown-exit plans and procedural concerns

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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Ignitizens of Change

It is 3 June 2020 and I have been working under lockdown for 80 days. Before that I was on strike for 14 days, defending a higher education sector that was already in complete crisis. Today, almost three months later, the crisis is magnified, the world is on fire and our institutional silence around systemic…

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