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Ignitizens of Change

Published: 5th June, 2020

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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Four Fights and USS disputes… where now?

Published: 1st June, 2020

Last week we invited all members of Leicester UCU to give their views on the present situation in the Four Fights and USS disputes. These views informed discussions of the union’s Higher Education Committee, which met on 27 May to try to agree where next.  There are four parts to this communication. First, we repeat…

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Statement re: Schools Re-opening on June 1st

Published: 29th May, 2020

The committee of Leicester UCU write to express our complete support for the National Education Union (NEU) during this time of crisis. We are all keen for schools and colleges to re-open, but this must not happen until there is assurance that all involved are protected. Teaching staff, support staff, parents and children need to be…

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In these turbulent times…

Published: 22nd May, 2020

A letter to all Leicester UCU members from branch chair Sarah Seaton. During these turbulent times I am mindful that lots of union work occurs behind the scenes, and we are not always able to keep you all constantly updated. I am sorry for that, we do our best. However, I want to assure you…

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Letter to BBC Radio Leicester concerning racist abusive of journalist

Published: 18th May, 2020

Last week it was reported that BBC journalist Sima Kotecha was racially abused whilst preparing to broadcast from Leicester city centre. With our sister UCU branch at DMU we have written to BBC Radio Leicester expressing our shock and our solidarity. Dear BBC Radio Leicester, The De Montfort University and University of Leicester branches of the…

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