University of Leicester staff announce a 3-day strike over planned redundancies

From 9th to 11th June, staff intend to strike, having given notice to Vice-Chancellor, (Nishan Canagarajah) after failing to reach an agreement over the proposed 26 compulsory staff redundancies. The anticipated changes come as part of the University’s ‘shaping for excellence’ plan. Cara Dobbing, Leicester UCU Communications Officer-elect, stated “Leicester UCU’s committee agreed there was no other alternativeContinue reading “University of Leicester staff announce a 3-day strike over planned redundancies”

The ugly truth of football betting

Placing a bet can make any football game more exciting. Money always has and always will be something that we are all drawn to, so the opportunity to pocket some ‘easy cash’ is not usually turned down by regular gamblers. For many, including myself, betting is something that is regularly discussed during conversations with friends.Continue reading “The ugly truth of football betting”

European Super League: The Greed League

Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have announced they have agreed to establish a new competition, the European Super League (ESL). The Super League website states: “The Super League is a new European competition between 20 top clubs comprised of 15 founders and five annual qualifiers. There will be two groups of 10 clubs each,Continue reading “European Super League: The Greed League”

Leicester students pass a vote of no confidence in Vice-Chancellor

Students have no confidence in the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Board at the University of Leicester. It comes from a vote of no confidence being passed in a student referendum, conducted by the Students’ Union. The result saw 1,010 students voting for and 82 voting against a vote of no confidence. Reed James, a key figureContinue reading “Leicester students pass a vote of no confidence in Vice-Chancellor”

Corinne Fowler: Embracing her slave owner heritage

By Max Ashforth and Emily Herbert The contentious work of a Leicester professor looking at the history of slavery in the UK countryside has caused controversy and was discussed at the Leicester Literary Festival this week. Professor of Postcolonial Literature at the University of Leicester, Corinne Fowler, specialises in rural Britain’s colonial relations, and herContinue reading “Corinne Fowler: Embracing her slave owner heritage”

Booker Prize-winner to join Literary Leicester Festival

By Max Ashforth and Emily Herbert Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James is the star of this year’s Literary Leicester Festival, which launches on Wednesday March 17. The University of Leicester’s annual festival of literature, featuring free lectures, talks, readings and workshops for all ages, also involves a host of interesting and controversial writers. Literary Leicester, oneContinue reading “Booker Prize-winner to join Literary Leicester Festival”

SU Elections: “I want to make sure that my policies that I come up with actually represent the student body”

AnneMarie Deeb, Forensic Science student at the University of Leicester, is campaigning for the position of Education Officer. From her already obtained bachelor’s degree in Communications, she has thoroughly enjoyed the process of marketing herself for this position as well as speaking to a whole range of new and different people. This same love ofContinue reading “SU Elections: “I want to make sure that my policies that I come up with actually represent the student body””

Student-led maths petitions oppose job cuts at the University of Leicester

Petitions arise over defunding to the pure mathematics department at the University of Leicester. Freddie Mansfield, a third-year student, and Hannah Amliwala, a second-year student, recently started a student-led petition, that has gained 87 signatures, as of 4 March. This petition was set up in response to one set up by staff, which has beenContinue reading “Student-led maths petitions oppose job cuts at the University of Leicester”

WBA 1-0 Brighton – A possible lifeline?

For just the third time this season, Albion picked up 3 premier league points on Saturday. The points in question could not have been any more precious, given the situation that Albion find themselves in currently. West Brom have been firmly ingrained in the relegation for some time now and with other teams around themContinue reading “WBA 1-0 Brighton – A possible lifeline?”

Coronavirus – a take from students

On the 11th March 2020, the World Health Organisation officially declared a worldwide pandemic. Almost a year on from that, over 100,000 people in the UK have sadly lost their lives and we are yet to see significant light at the end of the tunnel. Although a vaccine has been manufactured, it is going toContinue reading “Coronavirus – a take from students”