From Twitter - AHUA and the Thorny Issue of Academic Freedom

Submitted by AcFreedom on Fri, 05/04/2018 - 13:00

AHUA Spring conference was held in April 2018 at the University of Manchester in the UK. Titled "Opportunities and Challenges in a Changing World" the third session focuses on academic performance. The first speakers in this session where David Browne and Tom Long of consultancy Shakespeare Martineau. David and Tom seem to have a problem with "the thorny issue of academic freedom" and whistleblowing. See the quote below.

The session will explore the thorny issue of academic freedom, specifically the extent to which universities can manage academics who assert that invoking performance management processes breaches that concept. Speakers will also address the impact of the changing environment on employee and trade union relations and engagement, specifically assessing opportunities and risks arising. Given the new regulatory environment, speakers will also explore the increased importance and risks associated with whistleblowing in HE.

Well sorry David and Tom, we are fans of both academic freedom and whistleblowing, and what makes you so expert in academic work?