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Help Leicester Pure Maths fund Legal Support

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Latest  Update: Thank you very much for your generous support. Your donations have enabled legal advice and more generally, to see such a level of support from the community has been an enormous help through these incredibly difficult times. 

A very generous anonymous donor has pledged to cover all of the continuing legal costs of the researchers affected by the redundancies. Therefore we are now closing this Go Fund Me page and the outstanding funds have been donated to the International Mathematical Union. 

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The International Mathematical Union (IMU) gratefully acknowledges receipt of the generous donation of the unspent funds from this fundraiser. The IMU will use the funds to support mathematicians in developing countries via the activities of its Commission for Developing Countries (CDC). The CDC has the mandate to manage all IMU initiatives in support of mathematics in the developing world. Besides administering grant programs for mathematicians and the Volunteer Lecture Program, the CDC coordinates various activities in accordance with its mission, including research, support of local initiatives, support of educational and local capacity building programs, exploration of funding and grant opportunities with new and existing sponsors, and identification of inexpensive and free online mathematics research resources to name a few. Thank you very much once again for the generous donation to support us in these activities.

Prof. Helge Holden
IMU Secretary General


Very sadly the closure of pure mathematics at Leicester is going ahead. Redundancy notices have now been sent out. 

The faculty of pure mathematics at Leicester needs your help. They would like to hire legal counsel in relation to the circumstances described in the links below:

The donated funds will be used by the members of the pure maths group to cover the cost of legal counsel arising in the context of appeals etc. Any unused funds will be donated to the International Mathematical Union. 

Thank you very much to everyone who has given in support of our colleagues and friends in the Leicester pure maths group! Your contribution matters both financially and as a sign of solidarity and support.

Disclaimer: As a very recent former member of the Leicester Pure Mathematics Group, my aim is to support the group by initiating this fundraiser. Once the funds have been withdrawn they will be in a dedicated account created solely for this purpose. The arising legal fees will be covered either directly from this account or parts will be transferred to members of the pure maths group to pay for their legal fees related to the closure of pure maths at Leicester.  Sibylle Schroll

Please note that, as is the request of Go Fund Me, I'm including the name of my former colleague Katrin Leschke who is a member of the Leicester Pure Maths Group. Go Fund Me has been in touch with Katrin to verify the authenticity of this fundraising campaign and to ascertain that the funds will go to the members of the Leicester Pure Maths Group to cover their legal costs as is the claim in the outline above.


  • Anonymous
    • £10 
    • 3 yrs
  • Andrew Baker
    • £30 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • £20 
    • 3 yrs
  • Sondre Kvamme
    • £30 
    • 3 yrs
  • Jesus Martinez Garcia
    • £40 
    • 3 yrs

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Sibylle Schroll
Katrin Leschke
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