This week has started with a bang! Over the weekend, Oxford University’s Nigel Biggar wrote a piece in The Telegraph saying that myself, as well as UCU General Secretary Jo Grady and academic Will Davies, were ‘wrong’ about the lack of academic freedom at British universities. This was on the back of Policy Exchange’s report last week on academic freedom. Jonathan Portes did a very good deconstruction of the thinktank’s report for The Guardian here.
On the same day, History Workshop Online published a piece by myself giving the history of debates over freedom of speech and academic freedom at British universities, looking at the protests against Hans Eysenck and Samuel Huntington for example. You can read it here.