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Notions of an ‘intolerant’ university that polices and controls the speech, behaviour and political standpoints of students are increasingly pushed by right-wing commentators. Along with the obligatory references to cancel culture, ‘woke bullies’ and de-platforming, Donelan informs us of trigger warnings supposedly placed on Harry Potter novels and Orwell’s 1984 being deemed too upsetting for students to read. These are cartoon constructions that convey the Right’s contradictory portrayal of a university as an odd community of people who are simultaneously ‘intolerant bullies’ and ‘snowflakes’ demanding safety from offence. This portrayal is a phantom.
The Council for the Defence of British Universities invites submissions of essays on key challenges facing Higher Education in the UK today and possible solutions to them. Authors may take a creative, research-based or autobiographical approach, drawing on international experience where appropriate. Up to three prizes of £1000 each are available!
The Council for the Defence of British Universities invites applications to undertake research into any aspect of higher education in the UK, including governance, policy, curricula developments, and staff and student welfare and wellbeing. Comparisons between Britain and other countries are especially welcome. Up to £7,500 of funding is available! Applications are invited from tenured academics, the precariously employed and independent researchers.