Threats to Freedom Archive

Cambridge publishes strong new free speech code.

The University of Cambridge will adopt a strong new Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech.  Universities have been required, since the Education Act (1986), to issue codes of practice setting out how they will secure freedom of speech. In the past, many of these codes have been limited, vague,…

MIT’s banning of diversity statements sets example for UK universities.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has banned the use of diversity statements in hiring academic staff.  It is common in UK universities for applicants to academic posts to be required to submit an equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) statement. These statements typically require applicants to explain how they or their…

Cardiff Academic Freedom Association forced to cover own costs by University.

Cardiff University has abused its own internal policies in order to deprive Cardiff Academic Freedom Association of support.  Cardiff Academic Freedom Association (CAFA) is a new organisation founded by academics at Cardiff University “to promote academic freedom and freedom of speech at Cardiff University”. CAFA states that it is strictly…

London Principles for Academic Freedom Launched

Friday 10th May saw the launch of the London Principles for Academic Freedom.  The London Universities’ Council for Academic Freedom (LUCAF) is a non-partisan, academic led organisation which works to support academic freedom. It was founded in November 2023 and has developed and submitted responses to consultations on both the…

Oxford head of EDI signs petition in support of Gaza ceasefire.

The Oxford Head of Equality and Diversity appears to be opposed to academic freedom.  In the past few days students at the University of Oxford have set up encampments protesting Israel’s continuing invasion of the Gaza strip. An open letter supporting the protests has been signed by faculty members and…

London universities force staff to agree with controversial points of view.

Four prominent London universities have Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity training courses which misstate the law and force their staff to affirm controversial points of view.   CAF has seen Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) training courses, and spoken to academics who have been forced to take them, from Queen Mary University…

UK academics among attendees at disrupted National Conservatism conference.

Three CAF signatories, Professor Frank Furedi, Professor Matthew Goodwin, and Dr James Orr, were among those attending the National Conservativism conference which Belgium mayor Emir Kir attempted to cancel.  National Conservatism describes itself as a movement of “public figures, journalists, scholars, and students who understand that the past and future…

Cambridge “race realist” fired for rejecting EDI

Emmanuel College Cambridge has terminated the position of a research associate on the grounds that his published views amount to “a rejection of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI and EDI) policies”.  Dr. Nathan Cofnas is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.…

UK universities co-fund politicised scholarship program for Chinese students.

UK universities are awarding funding to Chinese students on the basis of their commitment to the values of the Chinese Communist Party. While studying in the UK, recipients of funding have their speech severely restricted by the Chinese Communist Party.  The Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) is the principal organisation through which the…