Reject Proposals to Ask University Lecturers and Tutors to Police their Students' Political Views. sign now

We, the undersigned, read with increasing concern reports that Lord Carlile's review of the Government's policy on tackling radicalisation will recommend more monitoring of students by university and college lecturers. BBC reports suggest that the review will recommend that 'lecturers should more closely analyse essays and work submitted by students to spot troubling or revealing ideas'. We note that, in December, the Prime Minister declared that UK universities need to 'de-radicalise' and we believe that these recommendations are part of a very dangerous, large-scale attempt to curtail academic freedom. We believe that the rhetoric of de-radicalisation is an ideologically-motivated attack and urgently needs to be resisted.

We therefore call on the Government to:
recognise that academic freedom is an integral part of freedom of speech;
accept that the Government should not be able to control the lively exchange of ideas which characterise a university;
affirm the rights of staff and students at universities to discuss ideas which might be considered to be radical or dangerous;
refrain from any measures which would curtail any university from performing its functions;
immediately stop any plans to use academic staff to police their students' political views.

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Anindya RaychaudhuriBy:
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