All posts tagged: University of Leicester

Book Burning is not the only solution – Janette Winterson’s very public protest

Written by Georgia Hilton-Buckley On Friday June 4th, Jeanette Winterson tweeted a photo of burning books, made significantly more interesting because they were her own books. Winterson, famed author of Oranges are not the only fruit and Sexing the Cherry, burned the republished editions of several of her previous works because she detested the ‘cosy’ blurb which sectioned her into ‘wimmin’s fiction’. I have read a few of Winterson’s novels and greatly admired them, but the prospect of burning books greatly upset me. The history of book burning Burning books has always been a symbol of censorship under both the reign of Nazi Germany, the destruction of the Library of Baghdad and the Burning of Jaffna public library. Under ISIS, burning forbidden texts are common acts of taunting Western media and is probably the most recent act of cultural genocide. Although Winterson is burning her own books, it still sends a strong message that literature can be erased. When the author who shall not be named (Creator of Harry Potter) posted a transphobic essay, many …

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 alternative but to escalate our action in defence of or members livelihoods. “The vice-chancellor may consider it an achievement of the consultation process that only 26 compulsory redundancy notices have been served, but we know the numbers of staff impacted and exiting the university is far higher.” The vice-chancellor has been at the receiving end of criticism for some time now, with a vote of no confidence against his leadership being passed at the end of March. Canagarajah has also been held directly responsible by students for their potential disrupted education, following the proposed staff strikes. The University responded to this issue with the following: “We are extremely disappointed that the University and College Union (UCU) is proceeding …