EIS-ULA Statement - Leicester University

Created on: 17 Jun 2021 | Last modified: 17 Jun 2021

At its recent meeting on the 5th of May the EIS-ULA executive committee agreed to support the University and College Union’s greylisting of the University of Leicester. This action, accompanied by action short of strike action by Leicester UCU members, is protesting compulsory redundancies planned at the institution. The University of Leicester has claimed that these redundancies are due to a change of investment in research priorities, however research by UCU members at Leicester has claimed that the institution is having to borrow money to remain financially viable.

EIS-ULA President Holly Patrick said “I am concerned by both of these potential justifications for change. If the UCU research is correct then the institution is in financial distress and seeks to make job cuts to appease its creditors. If the University’s management is correct then they believe it is appropriate to select academics for redundancy based on a broad and poorly defined definition of research areas that they state they wish to divest in. As someone who came into academia partly inspired b the wonderful tradition of critical management studies of Leicester, decades of which has been completely decimated in the past few months, I find that prospect very worrying.”

In support of the UCU greylisting, the EIS-ULA committee advises its members to show support for their UCU colleagues at the University of Leicester by:

  • not applying for any advertised jobs at Leicester

  • not speaking at or organising academic or other conferences at Leicester

  • not accepting invitations to give lectures at Leicester

  • not accepting positions as visiting professors or researchers at Leicester

  • not writing for any academic journal which is edited at or produced by Leicester

  • not accepting new contracts as external examiners for taught courses at Leicester

  • refusing to collaborate on new research projects with Leicester.

EIS-ULA join the UCU in calling on the Senior Management and Executive Board of the University of Leicester to lift the threat of compulsory redundancies, and to productively engage with the local UCU branch and local Students Association to address the issues which have caused each of these branches to vote ‘No Confidence’ in the University leadership team.