Academic Roz Ward was temporarily suspended from La Trobe University for her comments about the Australian flag on Facebook.
A new clause being embedded in a number of university contracts attempts to restrict academics from speaking freely in public debate about issues that are outside their area of research.
What are threats facing America’s public universities?
A provocative new documentary, 'Starving the Beast,' blames the condition of higher ed on right-wing policies. A scholar argues that the film ignores a long history that has led to current crisis.
Students around the world are taking a view on their universities’ colonial past.
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Higher education enables people to express a wide range of perspectives that can come together and be challenged.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is a hunted man.
A row between South Africa's finance minister and the country's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations has prompted academics to pen an open letter asking President Jacob Zuma to intervene.
Why did Turkey’s government go after academics soon after the coup?
A scholar who grew up in Turkey explains the important role Turkey's academics play and why, following the recent coup, the government went after them.
Supporters of President Erdoğan protest against the failed coup in Istanbul’s Taksim Square.
Turkish higher education has got used to repression, but this is on another scale.
Is tenure outdated?
With 70 percent adjunct faculty, who work on a semester-to-semester basis, the current system is not helping students. What can replace the traditional tenure system?
A FairWork decision has found in favour of a researcher disciplined over controversial racism research.
A case involving the suppression of academic research into racism - by a university - raises troubling questions.
Roz Ward's suspension by her university should send a chill through Australian academia.
No go zone for academics?
New rules could have a chilling effect on academic freedom of speech.
Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University protest the arrest of student leader Kanhaiya Kumar.
Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi has been rocked by protests both opposing and supporting the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar.
Giulio Regeni, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, was carrying out research on the formation of independent trade unions in post-Mubarak Egypt.
Academic freedom is under threat in Turkey.
Academics and Kurdish areas have been targeted – but the backlash has begun.
Professor Maati Monjib has become the face of Morocco’s war on freedom of expression.
The Moroccan state's case against a leading academic could have far reaching ramifications for academic freedom and research at the country's universities.
A video with historian David Starkey was removed from the University of Cambridge website.
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In defence of the campaign by students and lecturers at Cambridge for the university to take down a promotional video featuring the controversial historian.
Press freedom in peril.
Two incidents have stressed the fragility of free speech in Britain in the face of police use of anti-terror legislation to seize materials from journalists and academics. The Independent has reported…
Can global campuses promise the same academic freedom?
As universities set up campuses globally, the blanket protections of academic freedom are becoming increasingly difficult to guarantee.
Universities have put their boxing gloves on.
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The decision by the university membership body to campaign for Britain staying in the EU has implications for academics.
Deciding whether or not to support academic BDS action should not be reduced to being ‘for or against’ injustice.
All too often, the debate around the BDS movement is lost in a cacophony of anti-Semitism accusations and the focus shifts to Western institutions instead of Palestinian rights.
As Cameron renegotiates, academics should be at the heart of the debate.
UKIP has criticised a group of EU-funded professors for not being impartial commentators in referendum debates.