The Interdependence of Academic Freedom and Protest

The Interdependence of Academic Freedom and Protest

Words by Dr Heather McKnight, founder of the social enterprise Magnetic Ideals and Doctor of Legal Studies. In 1970, the Commission on Academic Freedom and the Law (CAFL) released research exposing changes in how universities were using the law: a discontinuity that...
News round-up: Covid vaccine passports will not be required for university students

News round-up: Covid vaccine passports will not be required for university students

Last week, the Department for Education confirmed that there are no plans to implement the use of vaccine passports on university campuses, after some ministers and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had discussed the benefits of a passport system. Nevertheless, the DfE...
News round-up: ‘Catastrophic’ funding cuts for arts subjects cause uproar

News round-up: ‘Catastrophic’ funding cuts for arts subjects cause uproar

Reports that the Office for Students and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson plan to slash funding for arts subjects by 50% have caused uproar this week. The OfS have sought to clarify the situation, claiming that the proposed cuts only apply “…to a...
News round-up: Top universities called out over failing to tackle ‘rape culture’ and sexual harassment

News round-up: Top universities called out over failing to tackle ‘rape culture’ and sexual harassment

A website has accrued over 15,000 anonymous testimonies of sexual harassment, assault, and other accounts of deeply entrenched misogyny at universities across the UK. Naturally, this has caused students and staff to question whether enough is being done to tackle rape...
News round-up: Proposed redundancies spark fresh outrage

News round-up: Proposed redundancies spark fresh outrage

Waves of redundancies announced at the University of Leicester, Kent, and Chester have sparked outrage across the higher education community. Students and fellow staff have responded by creating petitions, open letters, or have demanded that highest paid staff take...