The state of free speech in UK universities: what students and the public think
This research, by the Policy Institute at King’s College London, is based on two new representative surveys of UK university students. The study reveals two main patterns – firstly, that the large majority of university students in the UK think their universities are protecting their...
The viewpoint diversity crisis at Canadian universities: political homogeneity, self-censorship, and threats to academic freedom
The study, based on a survey of professors and members of the public, reveals that Canadian universities are political monoliths whose lack of viewpoint diversity contributes to serious problems on campus. Professors, especially the 9 percent of conservative professors whose views differ from the overwhelmingly...
SPARC landscape analysis and roadmap for action: 2021 update
This publication reviews the impact of the past year on the broader research and education markets, and on key individual firms within these markets.
“They don’t understand the fear we have”
This report from Human Rights Watch asserts that Australian universities have failed to protect the academic freedom of students from China, and of academics who criticise the Chinese Communist Party.
Report of the Independent Review of the adoption of the model code on freedom of speech and academic freedom
This document is the final report of Emeritus Professor Sally Walker AM's review of Australian universities' alignment with the Model Code on freedom of speech and academic freedom, recommended by the Hon. Robert French AC in his 2019 Review of freedom of speech in Australian...
Cancelled! How ideological cleansing threatens Australia
Like all modern societies, Australia has to understand, interpret and learn from its history. In this paper, Peter Kurti argues that we must be sure to protect our country, our communities and our citizens from the three dangers posed by cancel culture — the corrosion...
Charter of freedom of speech and academic freedom
This revised Charter was developed in response to an independent review of freedom of speech in Australian higher education providers, commissioned by the federal government and conducted by former High Court Chief Justice, the Hon. Robert French AC.
A model code for the protection of freedom of speech and academic freedom in Australian higher education providers
The report outlines how former Chief Justice, the Hon Robert French’s model code for the protection of freedom of speech and academic freedom can be adopted by the University of Sydney by amending its current Charter of Academic Freedom.
Universities in Australia: attitudes and challenges
This ANUpoll report addresses attitudes on whether universities are preparing Australians for the workforce; whether universities are still places to debate controversial ideas; and whether universities play a pivotal role in educating people from disadvantaged or regional backgrounds.
Framework for the development of principles-based guidelines to counter foreign interference in the Australian university sector
The Australian government believes that fostering a positive security culture, through a principles-based approach to risk management, can help to ensure the university sector continues to produce world-class research, while protecting academic freedom and minimising risks.
Report of the Independent Review of freedom of speech in Australian higher education providers
This report examines the scope and experience of freedom of speech in Australian universities. The review proposes a model voluntary code of conduct and some modifications to the Higher Education Support Act and related Higher Education Standards.
Higher education policy in 2018: culture wars reignite, but in the end it’s all about the money
Tensions between the government and the university sector ran high in 2018, with the government cutting funding to student places and research and a big push back from universities.
We need to talk about the actual threats to academic freedom on Australian campuses
The IPA's audit of academic freedom pits people either for or against universities. This prevents us from having thorough conversations about real threats to academic freedom.
Free speech on campus audit 2018
This report recommends that universities abolish concerning policies, introduce policies that safeguard free intellectual inquiry and sign on to the University of Chicago’s sector-leading statement on free expression.
Have we all gone mad? The snowflake epidemic
University campuses throughout the West are in the grip of a troubling social phenomenon, now in danger of spreading beyond the ivy walls. Teaching staff who speak out are being intimidated, silenced and vilified. Students who choose to think against the mainstream are harassed and...
University freedom charters: how best to protect free speech on Australian campuses
This paper adds to the debate about threats to free speech in Australian universities by suggesting how and why a ‘university freedom charters’ policy might be implemented by the federal government to promote intellectual tolerance and diversity of ideas, opinions, and debate on campus.
Conflict vs mistake: academic cultures and explanatory conflict
Claire Lehmann is one of the leading figures of the so-called ‘intellectual dark web’ – which is pushing back against the stultifying political correctness promoted in academia, and defending the vital principles of freedom of speech and thought that universities used to stand for.
Why do we keep turning a blind eye to Chinese political interference?
The author of the controversial Silent Invasion argues it's not the book, but the reaction to it, that has highlighted something troubling in Australian intellectual life.
What’s happened to the university?
Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Who decided to bestow guardian status to Australian universities? This publication looks at how we got here, where we are headed and what the alternative is to this new status quo.
Free speech on campus audit 2017
This audit recommends that Australia’s universities abolish speech codes that limit free speech; introduce policies that protect intellectual freedom, as mandated by legislation; and commit to the University of Chicago’s sector-leading statement on free expression.
Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression
This report reflects the University of Chicago’s commitment to and tolerance of multiple forms of free expression, an important value of the university and its community.
Threats to academic freedom
Academic freedom is essential to the work of Australian universities. Their role in educating students and advancing human knowledge depends upon academics and students working and learning in an environment in which they can freely exchange ideas, challenge conventional wisdom and debate controversial issues. Indeed...