Threats to Freedom Archive

Edinburgh UCU’s hypocrisy about free speech

Yesterday evening, a screening of the film Adult Human Female took place at Edinburgh University, under heavy guard, and despite calls for its cancellation by the Edinburgh branch of the University and College Union (UCUE). The film screening was hosted by the Edinburgh branch of Academics for Academic Freedom (EAFAF).…

Michael Gove proposes broad new definition of “extremism”.

Proposed changes to the government’s definition of extremism could require universities to denounce radical academics.   Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, has proposed a new definition of extremism as “the promotion or advancement of any ideology which aims to overturn or undermine the UK’s system…

Covid scientist Sunetra Gupta talks to us about campaign to smear her.

The appalling treatment of an Oxford professor exemplifies the politicisation of Covid-19 research. Sunetra Gupta has talked to the Committee for Academic Freedom about her ordeal. Gupta is professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford. She has received the Royal Society’s Rosalind Franklin award and the Scientific Medal…

Antisemitism and Pro-Israel Scholarship

The recent surge of antisemitic incidents in the UK has undermined the freedom of Jewish scholars wishing to support or offer non-critical discussion of Israel.   On the 7th October, Hamas murdered fourteen-hundred Israeli civilians. Israel has retaliated with a full invasion of the Gaza strip which has killed thousands, many…

Conservationist claims bias at the IPBES

Mr Clive Hambler, a conservationist and ecologist at the University of Oxford, has recently given evidence to the Committee for Academic Freedom of bias towards mainstream climate narratives in top academic institutions.   Mr Hambler is notable for his discovery of the similarity between terrestial and freshwater extinction rates, and helped…

The official view of Cambridge University Library

Cambridge University Library is compiling a list of books it considers “problematic”.  On the 21st October, it was revealed in the Telegraph that Cambridge University Library (CUL) was compiling a list books it considered “problematic”. CUL is one of the UK’s legal deposit libraries, retaining a copy of every book…

SARs and Government Censorship

The full scale of the UK government’s censorship of academics and experts is yet to be uncovered.   In August 2023 the UK government admitted the existence of fifteen departmental-level “due diligence” policies relating to academic and expert speakers. The policies specified that any academic or expert who had “criticise[d] government…

Education expert replatformed

Dr Alka Sehgal Cuthbert, an expert in education who was cancelled from Rethinking Education’s 2023 Conference, has been replatformed.    Dr Cuthbert has been a member of the Ofsted advisory panel on English and given evidence to the all-party parliamentary group inquiry on knowledge and skills in education. She has published…

Government pressures academic funding body

The UK government has pressured an academic funding body to dissolve an advisory committee. This constitutes an attack on academic freedom.   On the 28th October, Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, wrote a letter to Dame Ottoline Leyser, head of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the…

Professor fired for road signs post

Wrexham University has fired a professor for stating that Welsh road signs ought to be written only in English.    Professor Nigel Hunt, a visiting professor of psychology at Wrexham University, posted the following in a Facebook group:    Signs like this. They are confusing as they contain irrelevant and – to…