Academic Freedom in Contemporary Britain: A cause for concern?

Karran, Terence, Beiter, Klaus and Mallinson, Lucy (2022) Academic Freedom in Contemporary Britain: A cause for concern? Higher Education Quarterly . ISSN 1468-2273

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12346

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Abstract

Using comparable legal information, and empirical data from over 2000 members of the U.K.’s University and College Union and 2000 staff in universities of the European states, gathered by means of similar surveys, this paper is a comparative assessment of the de jure protection for, and the de facto levels of, academic freedom enjoyed by academic staff in the UK, when compared to their EU counterparts. The paper examines the legal and constitutional protection for academic freedom and the current levels of, and changes to, the two substantive elements (freedom to teach and freedom to research) and three supportive components (autonomy, governance and tenure) of academic freedom. The study reveals that UK academic staff believe that there is a low level of protection for academic freedom and that it has declined, both in general, and with respect to the two substantive elements and three supportive components of academic freedom. Similar trends are evident in the EU states, but statistical tests reveal that for every measure utilised, the decline in academic freedom is significantly greater in the UK than in the EU states.

Additional Information:The pre-print pdf version which is available on line, will be revised, as the tables are wrongly located in the text, but the text will be unaltered
Keywords:academic freedom, autonomy, tenure, U.K.
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:45952
Deposited On:31 Aug 2021 13:32

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