Academic freedom

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US proposals spark worry for researchers reading Arabic or foreign language texts, or works critical of the Trump administration

People protest on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. A speech by controversial Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, who was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley, was cancelled after protesters and police engaged in violent skirmishes

After incidents on US campuses where students have called for scholars’ dismissal, professor sees need to update concept of academic freedom

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HEC Paris’ Alberto Alemanno says academics who influence policy ‘often’ do it in return for money

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Campus safe spaces are bad for democracy and open debate, but academics must respond to the genuine concerns they represent, says James Wicks

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Hermann Hauser calls on vice-chancellors to ‘take a stand against pseudoscience’

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International charity flags ‘unprecedented’ numbers of academics sacked since last year’s failed military coup


Country is latest European state to take action against the garment

Minister’s proposal has already had a ‘chilling effect’, researchers say

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New leader of Canada’s Conservative Party, Andrew Scheer, promises research grant cuts to universities that offer safe spaces or speaker bans, says Creso Sá

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There are now so many regulations to abide by in higher education, it's a wonder there is any academic freedom left, says Steve Wheeler

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Stephan Lewandowsky warns that academics can ‘lose control’ of their data and see it used as ‘political propaganda’

People participate in a demonstration to show support and solidarity with the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest

Budapest institution says it will take in students for 2017-18, but its future is still not secure

Ahmadreza Djalali is being used as a cautionary example to other scholars working outside Iran, academics claim

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One researcher urges academics to put concerns aside and back Prevent counter-radicalisation strategy, while others say it ‘doesn’t work’

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UCU survey finds British-based researchers perceive lesser protection for academic freedom compared with continental peers

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European Parliament calls for start of proceedings that could strip Hungary of EU voting rights

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Overseas members and evaluators excluded in what critics claim is a power grab

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Taylor and Francis move to replace editor and withdraw his paper threatens ‘scientific integrity’, critics claim

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In Hungary, Poland, Germany and elsewhere, populist politicians are taking aim at the discipline

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Chinese students’ calls for the Tibetan leader to be barred from speaking at the University of California, San Diego show a flawed conception of accommodation and respect, says Ben Medeiros