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Views on a new VC

Published: 23rd March, 2019

On Wednesday (March 20) representatives from Leicester UCU, along with reps from Unison and Unite, the other two unions that represent University of Leicester employees, attended a meeting entitled ‘Selecting our next Vice-Chancellor: we want your views’. The meeting was facilitated by Fiona Carruthers of ‘international executive search firm’ Perrett Laver – which has been…

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A(nother) letter to David Willetts

Published: 22nd March, 2019

Dear David Willetts, It has been a year since I last wrote to you, and I must say I was disappointed to never receive a reply. You will recall that I wrote on behalf of Leicester UCU to express our disgust at your appointment as Chancellor of the University of Leicester. I made the letter…

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The Kathleen Kenyon Building

Published: 20th March, 2019

Weathering the equinoctial gales that battered the celebration of International Women’s Day during the UCU pensions dispute of 2018, staff of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History renamed their building after Dame Kathleen Kenyon.  Kenyon is renowned for pioneering projects in the Middle East, at Jerusalem and Jericho, and she led the Institute of…

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Leicester UCU statement on NZ terrorist attack

Published: 15th March, 2019

Leicester UCU is appalled and horrified to hear of the fascist attack on the Muslim community of Christchurch, New Zealand. We would like to extend our love to those affected by the horrific attack in which 49 people have lost their lives. We are disturbed to hear increasing incidents of Islamophobia, throughout the world. The…

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Into the University of Leicester’s second century

Published: 4th March, 2019

Given today’s news of Paul Boyle’s resignation as VC, we reflect on his five years as helmsman of University of Leicester, consider the broader failures of governance at our institution, and propose a way forward. Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor, 2014–2019 It began, in September 2014, with the news that the Bob Burgess’s successor as…

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