academic freedom

UK USSStrike - USS Valuation Briefing Documents for UUK Membership

Submitted by AcFreedom on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 21:54

We have a release of documents related to the strike by UK academics over pensions, and the on going negotiations between the UCU, UUK, and USS. There are three documents in the release:

  1. An email from one Alistair Jarvis breifing members (we believe in this case UUK members) on the 2017 valuation of the USS pension.
  2. A document detailing 'key messages' for UUK members.
  3. Briefing paper for USS Employers.

University of York UK Register of Academic Visitors - FOI and Release

Submitted by AcFreedom on Thu, 06/28/2018 - 13:53

We have an interesting combination of release and freedom of information request. We were directed to a recent FOI request that was made to the University of York (in the UK) asking for details of any policies that they might have regards the registering of academic visitors to the University. For the purpose of visa monitoring. The result of the FOI request can be viewed here, marked by those making the request as "partially successful".

Release - UCU Congress 2018: Email to Unite Branch Members

Submitted by AcFreedom on Sun, 06/03/2018 - 07:14

Last week saw what can only be described as a rather chaotic UCU Congress (University and College Union). We are no experts on UK Unions, however one union blocking another union's members voting (or even discussing) a tabled motion seems undemocratic. The motions were in part to discuss a no confidence vote in the UCU General Sec, who happens to be a member of Unite. Since this is academic's trying to debate whether or not their union is serving their best interests, it's in our arena.

Social Media Policies

Submitted by AcFreedom on Thu, 05/24/2018 - 19:16

Here at AFW we are are interested in social media policies and how they are being used by Universities. Or perhaps miss-used. If you have evidence that these policies are being used to infringe on academic freedom of either staff or students, and would like to share, get in touch!

Some of the policies (some PDFs attached below):

Further Details of the University of Liverpool Voluntary Severance

Submitted by AcFreedom on Thu, 05/17/2018 - 20:36

Further details, in the form of a series of emails, have emerged about the University of Liverpool Voluntary Severance scheme. Including emails about the scheme to staff from the Liverpool VC and Senior Management, and both initial and then later statements from UCU. Would appear that UCU were not consulted or informed beforehand.

PDF files of the emails are attached below.