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Governance

Long-term liabilities at the University of Leicester

Published: 2nd April, 2021

We have claimed that the University of Leicester is ‘on the verge of bankruptcy’. This claim is based on our reading of the 2019/20 financial statements, that were published (several weeks later than usual) in early March, and on other publicly-available financial information, e.g. University executives’ decision to increase short-term borrowing from the Bank of…

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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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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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Letter to David Willetts

Published: 5th March, 2018

Dear David Willetts We are writing to ask you to stand down as Chancellor Elect with immediate effect, as an act of good faith in the wider interests of the University of Leicester. As you know, your appointment as Chancellor did not arise as a result of consultation with our university staff or with students. You…

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Our response to David Willetts’ visit

Published: 18th February, 2018

At the end of this week, the University of Leicester  released a, at best, bizarre press release exalting the visit of Lord David Willetts to the University of Leicester on Thursday. There is a small reference to the protest held by UCU and students, but we’d like to point out to the University that there were probably…

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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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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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