Protect Academic Freedom at University College Dublin!

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Juliet O’Brien
1 year ago
Signing in solidarity with colleagues, and as a past member of UCD academic staff.

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Fangzhe Qiu
1 year ago
Academic freedom is a fundamental right and the last defense in the society when freedom of speech is jeopardised.

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Katherine O’Donnell
1 year ago
Those of us who claim the rights enshrined in the principles of Academic Freedom base our academic integrity not merely on those rights but on the responsibilities they entail. One of our responsibilities is to protest disregard for Academic Freedom in order to facilitate ‘the University’s ambition to increase the amount of non-exchequer income that it generates.’ Who or what is the University if we sell our academic integrity?

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Paula Gilligan
1 year ago
Academic freedom is crucial to good education and to a civil and democratic organisational culture.

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jonivar skullerud
1 year ago
This seems like a blatant attempt to ingratiate oneself with a particular dictatorial government in charge of a very large economy and population. Financial considerations should never override our basic values.

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Mary McAuliffe
1 year ago
Academic freedom is a fundamental part of teaching and scholarship, non negotiable and not subject to local conditions. This new restrictive ‘freedom’ is flawed and would be a real challenge to the ability of UCD scholars to produce objective, rigorous, internationally accepted research. Downgrading academic freedom would also, I believe, cause students, researchers, post docs to think twice about coming to UCD.

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Maria Baghramian
1 year ago
The proposed addendum to the UCD's 2011 Statement on Academic Freedoms, both in its content and background justification, is a source of embarrassment to our University.

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Celia Keenan
1 year ago
The commitment to academic freedom is more vital now than ever. Rogue regimes should never be permitted to threaten or undermine Irish academic freedom. Frankly am shocked that UCD, my Alma Mater would even consider this.

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Eoin Flaherty
1 year ago
The lengthy 'justification' is extremely worrying. Regardless of location, history, or context, there are fundamental principles of academic freedom agreed on by many institutions across the world. Many others operate in a state of restriction. Neither, the fact of their existence, nor of the diverse paths through which these freedoms have evolved, is justification for relativising these basic principles.

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Martin Maguire
1 year ago
Academic freedom is non-negotiable, a fundamental value.