The United Kingdom is in violation of the UNESCO recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel as evidenced by the many instances where university managers frame and sack their ideological opponents.
The recommendation can be read here
Two recent examples from Universities, Warwick and Kent:
19 thoughts on “A proposition for the status of academic freedom in the UK”
From both those articles one thing is clear, they do not want protests what so ever. Any protests you want to make should be limited to the conference room and via meetings with the vice-chancellor where they can pretend to take your suggestion into consideration whilst steam rolling you.
Besides who the cuts will affect the education of the students and welfare of universities, this is now a freedom of speech issue as well.
Thank you fly-yeast man.
Academic freedom is of course also a prime victim of the constant restructurings taking place.
Other recent examples from University of Dundee, Lambeth College, University Sheffield and Durham University:
Not to mention “working in a culture of fear” in the latter University:
More is needed to protect the quest for knowledge in the UK. Urgently.
The list appears endless. Here is another “culture of harassment” which was partially “excused” from a Tribunal due to the role of the person who was found to be harassing in securing the funding for the person who was being harassed:
Two months after I made my claim stories keep coming to the surface. Tip of the Iceberg.
“Dr Soh was busy moving her laboratory operation from North America to the UK and trying to defend herself against dismissal and career loss after delivering only 20 lectures” – her full comment with details was taken of the Times Higher Education commentary underneath the report of her case:
Applicants to UK academic positions should take notice. Will what you are prepared to teach be acceptable? It was not only Dr Soh – see also the story of Dr Yilmaz:
A comparison with events that followed a horrible attack on academic freedom from the managers of the University of Saskatchewan (bringing shame to Canada and how far it has left its Universities in the hands of the wrong mindsets)
But then what a strong response in the direction that one would hope to see. Well done to everyone who contributed to this form of justice – a few days later:
From the University of Leicester:
Kings College restruction:
a wise friend commenting here-
and Stalin (with whatever he represents in the UK, which is different to how he would be viewed in the Soviet Union) was brought in as the figure of a ruthless dictator – the UK university manager
I would like to refer also to the following conversation on twitter following David Colquhoun
A new resource on academic freedom dating back to 1915!
The history of abuse at Kingston University is not limited to the most recent example of suspending a head of school for opposing elimination of the school by the University.
For an incredible set of stories of bullying and managerialism gone wild, culminating in the exchange of criminal charges, visit:
Belated thanks for posting here. As I comment below in reply to Terence Karran it is an honour to this space that people of your calibre, strength, integrity and generosity, contributors to keeping alive the struggle for academic freedom, have visited.
I was thrilled to read: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/fugitive-academic-howard-fredrics-finally-given-all-clear
and now this: https://twitter.com/timeshighered/status/722132859452940288
For a comprehensive appraisal of the protection for academic freedom in the UK (which also shows how much worse the UK is than the rest of Europe) go to: https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/8614/Academic-Freedom-in-the-UK-Legal-and-Normative-Protection-in-a-Comparative-Context-Report-for-UCU-Terence-Karran-and-Lucy-Mallinson-May-17/pdf/ucu_academicfreedomstudy_report_may17.pdf
Thank you for providing the link to the report you prepared for UCU with Lucy Malllinson. That my blog receives your comment feels me with joy & pride. Your efforts in documenting the lack of academic freedom and providing formal advice of how to strenthen it are outstanding and please accept my gratitude. I copy from page 1 of your report, the opening heading.
“Without such freedom there would have been no Shakespeare, no Goethe, no Newton, no Faraday, no Pasteur, and no Lister”.
(Albert Einstein, speech given at the Royal Albert Hall, 5th October 1933)