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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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

Government Pressure, the Israel-Palestine debate

On the 10th October the University and College Union, the largest union for academics in the UK, issued a statement which condemned   in the strongest possible terms the targeting of civilian life by both Hamas and the Israeli military, and…