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Academic freedom is in crisis; free speech is not

Words by Liz Morrish, independent scholar.  In August 2020, the UK think tank The Policy Exchange produced a report on Academic Freedom in the UK, alleging a chilling effect for staff and students expressing conservative opinions, particularly pro-Brexit or...

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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...

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Universities must leverage finances for climate justice

Words by J Clarke, Co-Director of Climate Campaigns at People & Planet, the UK’s largest student network campaigning on social and climate justice issues.  The fossil fuel divestment movement has been incredibly successful on an international scale, making a...

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Introducing the Right2Learn Campaign

Words by Right2Learn The Right2Learn campaign was founded in December 2020 with a simple mission: to campaign for a legal right to learn throughout life. This mission drew on the work of the Lifelong Learning Commission set up by the Labour Party in 2018 which...

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Decolonising the Curriculum or ‘Operation Legacy’?

Words by Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies at the University of Sussex. The government minister responsible for universities, Michelle Donelan, has commented that the ‘so-called decolonisation of the curriculum is censoring...

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