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Equality

Statement on ballot result

Published: 24th February, 2019

Members will no doubt have heard the news about the outcome of the pay-and-equality ballot. Although 70% of those members who voted in England, Scotland & Wales backed strike action and 81% voted for action short of a strike, the turnout was only 41%, falling short of the 50% legal threshold. In Northern Ireland, where…

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Will you stand up for Sarah?

Published: 17th February, 2019

Dear UCU Friends, Many of you may not know me well, but this is a personal plea. I am the co-chair of Leicester UCU, a 30-something-year-old Research Associate who is a woman. During the USS strike this time last year I stood next to you every day in the snow and cold, the rain and…

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Great expectations – on grant income targets in Life Sciences

Published: 23rd November, 2018

Message sent to all Leicester UCU members, 22 November. Over the past few weeks, several UCU members in the College of Life Sciences have expressed concerns over plans to introduce ‘targets’ or ‘expectations’ of academic staff, including level of grant income. In case anyone needs reminding, the use of such a metric as a performance…

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Close, but no cigar

Published: 22nd October, 2018

Members will probably have seen the email from Matt Waddup, UCU’s national head of policy and campaigns, earlier this afternoon, regarding the results of just-closed ballot for industrial action in support of greater pay and equality in our sector. Although we are still in dispute with our employers and although nearly every single single higher…

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