In case you haven’t heard what’s going on in Leicester …

Math teachers / students / Math lovers do sign this petition to stop Leicester university from cutting 20% of their math researchers/lecturers. #mathisimportant

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Strangely, this is my second post about Leicester in just a few months, but it’s about something a lot more depressing than the football team’s fairytale winning of the Premier League (but let me quickly offer my congratulations to them for winning their first Champions League match — I won’t offer advice about whether they are worth betting on to win that competition too). News has just filtered through to me that the mathematics department is facing compulsory redundancies.

The structure of the story is wearily familiar after what happened with USS pensions. The authorities declare that there is a financial crisis, and that painful changes are necessary. They offer a consultation. In the consultation their arguments appear to be thoroughly refuted. But this is ignored and the changes go ahead.

Here is a brief summary of the painful changes that are proposed for the Leicester mathematics department. There are…

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