Freedom of thought and inquiry together with freedom of expression are vital to a tolerant democratic society. We believe that citizens inside and outside the academy shall enjoy the following fundamental rights:
- 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.