Staff reduction planned at Department of Mathematics at Leicester University, UK

The EMS is very concerned learning about plans for staff reductions at the Department of Mathematics at Leicester University, UK. Due to a challenging financial situation, the university’s administration has put forward plans to dismiss 5% of the university’s staff. Mathematics, however, is supposed to be hit over-proportionally hard: 21 staff members have been told that they must re-apply for their jobs, with only 15 posts to be filled again (plus 1 university teacher post) – and that although Leicester mathematics has a fine reputation within both research and teaching.
In accord with letters from the London Mathematical Society and from leading British research mathematicians, the EMS has urged the vice chancellor at Leicester University to stop the implementation of the plans for staff dismissal and to enter into consultations with the British mathematical community.