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A ‘somewhat tumultuous’ UCU Congress

Published: 3rd June, 2018

UCU conference 2018 was somewhat tumultuous. What follows is our account of what transpired. A collective statement, signed by both of us along with a great many others, which has already been widely circulated, can be seen here. In short, the events were quite shocking, but perhaps not that surprising. UCU employees including the General…

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Build, baby, build… nothing new from the VC

Published: 1st June, 2018

There was nothing new from President Boyle at Wednesday’s Missive to the Masses. We’ve heard it all before…challenging times ahead, too much expenditure on staff, don’t recover enough research spend, pensions cost too much (ha!) and, as had been revealed the previous day, the University’s league table positions leave something to be desired (having plummeted…

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Is it the fall that kills you?

Published: 29th May, 2018

Last week, we reported on University of Leicester’s performance in the Complete University Guide. Published this morning, The Guardian’s Good University Guide. Below we plot our institution’s trajectory over the past decade. Will it end in a sudden stop?

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People vs. the digital campus and investors

Published: 24th May, 2018

Last Thursday (May 17), Paul Boyle sent an email to all colleagues on behalf of the University Leadership Team (ULT). The vice-chancellor announced that – only two years after the last ‘manufactured crisis‘ – the ULT had decided to embark on another campaign of redundancies – compulsory as well as voluntary. This is on top…

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Disquiet in the ranks

Published: 17th May, 2018

This afternoon, Professor Paul Boyle emailed all University of Leicester employees with a ‘University financial planning update’. The content and language was all too familiar. The president and vice-chancellor informed us that ‘we continue to face a number of financial issues, both local and national’. He also wrote Whilst other universities have reduced their staff…

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