The below questions summarise the key issues brought up through discussion and debate by those that attended the seminar on ‘Reclaiming Freedom’ on 26th November, 2015.
- What do we mean by ‘academic freedom’, what responsibilities does it entail, and how is it exemplified in the practices of teaching, research and scholarship?
- How can we ensure that our choice of study and the pursuit of truth within our chosen fields are not compromised by interests from outside the academy?
- What are the consequences of our concept of academic freedom for the governance of the university?
- What does free speech mean in today’s university, especially when it might entail internal and public criticism of the ‘employers’?
- Do we have the freedom to determine the content and presentation of our own teaching?
Please comment on this post and/or bring your thoughts around these questions to the assembly on Tuesday 22nd March, 2016, 5-7pm, New Kings Lecture Theatre 6. These themes will be what structures the open discussions at the assembly.
The aim of the assembly, ‘The Manifesto’, is to review what we have achieved so far, and to lay the foundations for a manifesto for the future of the University. This is the opportunity for you to have your say in shaping this future. The manifesto will be drafted over the Easter break, after which the draft will be opened to consultation. We propose to launch the final version with an event in King’s College on the afternoon of Tuesday 24th May.