The Political Studies Association defends academic freedom in the strongest possible terms.
The PSA is dismayed to learn of the letter sent by Chris Heaton-Harris MP to all university vice-chancellors requesting the names of academics who teach European Affairs and the syllabus they use.
Mr Heaton-Harris’s intentions for requesting this information, and what he intended to do with it once he received it is unclear. However, anything that could be interpreted as interference in the content of university curricula, or a questioning of the ability of professional university staff to teach it appropriately should be strongly resisted, not just by academics, but also by the public and its government.
We would welcome the opportunity to speak with Mr Heaton-Harris to learn more about his concerns. We would like to extend an invitation to him to attend any of our events and discuss this issue with our members.
Chair Professor Angelia Wilson, University of Manchester
Vice-Chair Professor Feargal Cochrane, University of Kent