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European studies professors and course content

24 October 2017

​​Commenting on reports that universities are being asked to disclose their syllabi relating to Brexit, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said:

"I would ask that Chris Heaton-Harris MP explains his motive for asking universities to share names of their European studies Professors, their course content and lecture notes.   This request suggests an alarming attempt to censor or challenge academic freedom."

“It is essential that universities remain places where free speech flourishes.  This means protecting independence in academic study, encouraging rigorous debate and providing opportunities to hear and challenge a diverse range of views.”

Notes

  1. Academic freedom is enshrined in law.  Section 202 of the 1988 Education Reform Act ensures that academic staff have freedom to question and test received wisdom, and to put forward new ideas and controversial or unpopular opinions, without placing themselves in jeopardy of losing their jobs or privileges they may have at their institutions.

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