While staff are on strike, we are educating for free While lectures are cancelled, come and join striking University staff for public talks and workshops. Everyone is wlecome. The events listed here take place in the Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9DX. unless otherwise stated (rooms are disabled-accessible). This programme of events may be added to – for the full and definitive list see https://tinyurl.com/vn7ot7t. February Teachouts Thursday 20th Olfactory Empire: Smell and the Other in Imperial India and the Philippines (1300-1400) The Climate Crisis as Driver of Financial Subordination? (1400-1500) Friday 21st Venezuela in Crisis: Political Stalemate, Civilian Resilience (1300-1400) Gambling with Power: How Electricity Markets work and who pays when they don’t (1400-1500) Monday 24th Re-imagining Youth Futures and Education: Critical (Visual) Insights from the UK and Brazil (1300- 1500) Tuesday 25th Building a UCU Disability Working Group: Kick-off Meeting (1300-1400) Making our own History: The Great 1971 Stepney Words Schoolkids’ Strike in Context (1400-1500) Wednesday 26th Birds on Campus and the Politics of Birdwatching (1300-1400) Current Climate-Change ‘Solutions’ and their Unintended Consequences (1400-1500)
We’ve just heard that UCU general secretary Jo Grady is speaking in Leeds on Friday 21 February (the second day of our strike action) from 1pm-3pm, in the Henry Moore Suite, Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, LS1 3AA, followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments from 12.30pm. Please email the Regional Office to confirm if you are able to attend. Hope to see you picketing in the morning beforehand!
Have you spotted any unusual baubles on a Christmas tree near you on campus? Leeds UCU had fun despite the rain last Friday singing our alternative carols near the ‘wavy lines’ Christmas tree. The woodwind section led us and everyone was in full voice. “Holding the ASOS line” (to the tune of ‘Down by the Riverside’) isn’t exactly a Christmas carol but it was sung VERY enthusiastially. Beware – once you get the hang of this it becomes an earworm! Lyrics below. Holding the ASOS line lyrics I’m gonna lay down my heavy workload Holding the ASOS line, Holding the ASOS line, Holding the ASOS line! I’m gonna lay down my heavy workload Holding the ASOS line, Ain’t gonna over work no more Chorus: Ain’t gonna over work no more Ain’t gonna over work no more Over work no mo-o-ore! Ain’t gonna over work no more Ain’t gonna over work no more Holding the ASOS line I’m gonna stand with the UCU I’m gonna stop work at 5pm We’re gonna win back a fair pay rise, We’re gonna win contract dignity We’re gonna get back our USS
Leeds UCU members seem to enjoy a sing song, judging by your enthusiastic participation in the songs at our strike rallies! It was great to have our ‘woodwind section’ entertaining us and leading us. We are probably the only UCU branch with a bassoonist, flautist and clarinet player on the picket lines! So you’ll be pleased to hear we are getting together again to sing our alternative Christmas carols – you can find them in the Leeds UCU songbook at https://tinyurl.com/t7vsy8e (scroll down). There’s also a rather brilliant ASOS version of ‘Down by the picket line’. Meet on Friday 13th December at 12:30 by the wavy lines sculpture. And how about some creative guerrilla baubling? There are many Christmas trees around campus which could be made lovelier with the addition of some UCU baubles, and it would be splendid to see photos tweeted (use hashtags #ucuASOS #guerrillabaubling #UCUchristmas, and tag @leedsucu) Templates are here (various wording) and here (blank) – feel free to adapt them or make your own.
Full teach out programme is here Strike Data Hack Workshop Helen Thornham, Chris Birchall, Joanne Armitage This is a practical data hack workshop where we will scrape, analyse and visualise the data and discourses of the strike. ideally would run as 2 or 3 50 minute slots – or as an additional event.No experience necessary! Just bring a laptop and your extension cable to make sure the battery doesn’t run out! We will teach some basics to scraping and coding, data visualisations and analysis and critically interrogate how the strike actions and pension dispute have been presented. Perhaps we could look at the language used across national media, the statistics used to defend positions, or the longer data histories of the pension dispute. We could look at university policy documents, VC letters across universities, or union publicity for example. 1pm – 3pm, Quaker Meeting House Jews in the Medieval Imaginary Eva Frojmovic 1pm – 3pm, Leeds Central Library, Art Library The state of PGTAs at Leeds: discussion and fact-finding UCU committee 1pm – 2pm, Quaker Meeting House Fleabag: Sex, Confession, and the Camera Carl White 2pm – 3pm, Quaker Meeting House Strike pay surgery UCU committee 1 pm onwards, Quaker … continue reading