Boycott Leicester

Support the Leicester boycott

How you can support UCU's global boycott of the University of Leicester.

The University of Leicester threatened over 100 staff with compulsory redundancy. Managers refuse to share data on finances with campus trade unions.

The long-running dispute has led to UCU implementing  the ultimate sanction of being greylisted; UCU members have also begun a marking and assessment boycott, and having see no meaningful engagement from the university have announced full strike action, with walkouts planned for 9, 10 & 11 June. The sanction means UCU is asking its members, other trade unions, labour movement organisations and the international academic community to support its members at Leicester in any way possible, including by:

  • not applying for any advertised jobs at Leicester
  • not speaking at or organising academic or other conferences at Leicester which are outside of contract
  • not accepting new invitations to give lectures at Leicester
  • not accepting new positions as visiting professors or researchers at Leicester
  • not accepting invitations outside of contract to write 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 outside of contract research projects with Leicester.

There are three main positive actions you can take

  1. If you have any personal or professional link with the university, please respect the global academic boycott of the institution.

    x-small twitter blue 22x18 Please tweet your support, tagging @UniOfLeicester, @NCanagarajah and @LeicesterUCU and using the hashtag #BoycottLeicester. You can download an image to share here.
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  2. Write to the university's president and vice-chancellor Nishan Canagarajah (, and Gary Dixon (, who chairs university council, to explain why you have withdrawn your interest or association. We've created some template letter ideas to make this easy if you are:

    a current student
    a prospective student
    an alumnus or honorary degree holder
    the representative of a partner institution
    an external examiner
    due to contribute to a University of Leicester-hosted publication, conference or other event.
  3. If you know anyone who works at the University of Leicester or who is otherwise associated with it (e.g. a member of council or court), then please get in touch with them.

    Make sure they know what is happening, make sure they know how serious the situation is!

    Ask what they are doing to support at-risk colleagues and defend the university.

    Ask if they are observing actions short of a strike. It's especially important that senior members of the university - professors and heads of department/school are held to account: heads of school sit on university senate, which is responsible for the institution's academic integrity.

    See who-what-whom for more information.
Last updated: 2 July 2021