Thomas Docherty

is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. He is author of Universities at War (Sage, 2014), Confessions: The Philosophy of Transparency (Bloomsbury, 2012) and The English Question (Sussex Academic, 2008).


Open-door policy?

On the erosion of academic freedom

Silence the speaker; divide and rule the audience. If that seems extreme, attack not what is said but its potentially upsetting or offensive “tone”. Thomas Docherty reports on the insidious attempts of governments to inhibit academic freedom in the UK and internationally.

Higher education cuts in the UK are hijacking the pursuit of knowledge. The perception has become entrenched that the role of academics is to serve business and do whatever the government decides is necessary for the economy, writes Thomas Docherty.

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