“Cambridge colleges accused of exploiting ‘gig economy’ tutors’’ (Guardian)

Nearly half of undergraduate tutorials are delivered by staff who lack proper contracts, research shows

Colleges at the University of Cambridge have been accused of using overworked and underpaid gig economy workers to provide the institution’s famous one-on-one tutoring system.

Research by members of the University and College Union found nearly half of undergraduate tutorials, or “supervisions” as they are known, are delivered by precariously employed staff who lack proper contracts. One-third of supervisors are postgraduate students or freelancers, including those who have recently completed their PhDs.’’

See the full article here.

The International Mathematical Union must support Azat Miftakhov

The Azat Miftakhov Committeesupported by 308 mathematicians and 3 mathematical societies, sent the following letter to the International Mathematical Union Executive Committee, concerning the case of our colleague Azat Miftakhov. Mathematicians who wish to support this letter can sign it by filling out the form here; an updated list of signatories will be sent to the IMU in a few weeks.

UPDATE 25/09/2021: Open letter by Ahmed Abbas and Cédric Villani to the IMU.

August 23, 2021

Dear members of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) Executive Committee,

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Mathematics at the University of Leicester

The London Mathematical Society has been informed that the University of Leicester is consulting over a proposal to reduce the size of its Pure Mathematics Group to be teaching only, in order to “meet the rising market demand of artificial intelligence, computational modelling, digitalisation and data science”. The Society strongly opposes this proposal and believes it to be seriously flawed for the following reasons.

(Link to the text: https://www.lms.ac.uk/news-entry/09022021-1444/mathematics-university-leicester )

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An “academic for peace”, Altina Tunel, still deprived of his passport by the Turkish State

On April 12, 2021, two years after his passport was confiscated, Tuna Altinel speaks on video from Istanbul: his message can be viewed or read.

See also the recent resolution adopted by University Lyon 1, where Altina Tunel is Professor of Mathematics, calling on President Macron to take action, so our colleague can return to us. [official version in French]

Support committee: Website / Twitter account / YouTube Channel

Academics of Peace

Communiqué de Sociétés Savantes Académiques de France

Collectif des Sociétés Savantes Académiques de France
Contact : contact@societes-savantes.fr
Site web : https://societes-savantes.fr/

Communiqué de Presse du 31 octobre 2020


Les responsables de sociétés savantes signataires condamnent fermement le contenu des trois amendements 147, 150 et 234 adoptés en séance de nuit le 29 octobre au Sénat, avec le soutien du gouvernement.


Ces amendements déposés à la dernière minute modifient profondément les procédures de recrutement des enseignant.e.s-chercheurs et restreignent les libertés académiques et scientifiques.

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University Lectureships in Pure Mathematics

Two University Lectureships in Pure Mathematics have just been in advertised here in Cambridge, to be held in DPMMS.

This is a permanent post (lying somewhere between the positions “Assistant Professor” and “Associate Professor” of the US system).

For more information, click here.

The deadline to apply is the 1st of December 2017.

Note also the fixed term Herchel Smith Research Fellowship in Pure Mathematics (3 years), for more information click here.