Academic Freedom

Freedom of thought and inquiry together with freedom of expression are vital to a tolerant democratic society. Our charter outlines the fundamental rights all should enjoy.

  • The right to express your own opinions without being silenced or intimidated by those who disagree with you.
  • The right to be offended by what other people might say, but to respect their right to say it – and to get over it.
  • The right to be treated as an equal irrespective colour, creed, age, social class,  sexual orientation, nationality or biological sex.
  • The right – indeed the duty – to challenge all established orthodoxies even those of the academy itself.
  • The right to an education which is politically broad, free of  indoctrination and introduces a wide variety of viewpoints.
  • The right to be able to hear outside speakers at university who  possess a wide variety of views in a civil atmosphere and without harassment or intimidation.
  • The right to be judged by your lecturers purely according to academic ability, regardless of how greatly your political views might differ from theirs.
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