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Leicester SU Condemn Willetts’s Appointment and Launch Petition

Published: 13th February, 2018

Amy Moran, President of Leicester Students’ Union yesterday issued a statement on behalf of the SU expressing deep concern at the appointment of David Willetts and asking the university to think again. The SU has also launched a petition, which UCU is giving its full backing. You can sign and share the students’ union petition…

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Picketing locations

Published: 12th February, 2018

Note that some “locations” will cover a number of different buildings/entrances.  See full screen Allocation of departments to locations ALL MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED, IF ABLE, TO PARTICIPATE IN PICKETING! This is not an optional extra, it is an essential part of our action. During previous actions, the University has often been able to point…

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Statement on David Willetts’s appointment to Chancellor

Published: 10th February, 2018

The University of Leicester yesterday announced the appointment of David Willetts as its new Chancellor. The former MP (and now peer) was until 2014 Minister for Science and Universities. He was the minister responsible for the tripling of university tuition fees to their current level of £9000 – an amount he described as “fair and…

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Made in Westminster: the source of the USS ‘crisis’ – and the solution

Published: 9th February, 2018

In this post, Sean Wallis locates three causes of the USS pensions ‘crisis’. First, the 2014 Pensions Act, which allows employers to prioritise their own growth over funding of their pension scheme. Second, quantitative easing, which means that the yield on government securities (which are supposedly less risky than equities) is extremely low — not…

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