Cult of correctness: a Poisoned climate in British universities

The once-liberal spirit that characterized British universities, seems to evaporate. A new survey of professors and lecturers has fuelled the debate on a "Canc

Cult of correctness: a Poisoned climate in British universities

The once-liberal spirit that characterized British universities, seems to evaporate. A new survey of professors and lecturers has fuelled the debate on a "Cancel Culture" among academics face. There is discrimination and intimidation, this could lead to self-censorship and thus freedom of Science will destroy, so the conclusion of the study, "Academic freedom in the UK" the political scientist Remi Adekoya (University of Sheffield), Eric Kaufmann (Birkbeck College, University of London), and Thomas Simson (Oxford). Your Report, the liberal-conservative Thinktank Policy Exchange has just published, has triggered a lively debate. He could have legislative consequences, as Policy Exchange has close contacts in the government.

For the study, conducted by the opinion research company YouGov 820 University lecturers in the United Kingdom. A result was that 32 percent of high school teachers, are politically to the right of the middle, avoid public political statements because they are afraid of otherwise negative consequences for your career or social pressures at the University. Eric Kaufmann sees a "Chilling Effect", a kind of self-censorship to prevent attacks. Of the high school teachers on the Left, only 13 percent say that they hold back politically.

to discriminate According to the study, although there is in both Camps a tendency, on the other side. However, the Weights at the universities are unevenly distributed, with An overwhelming majority located on the left. 75 percent of high school teachers according to the survey, in the last elections for parties to the left of the center, especially for Corbyns Labour Party voted in favour, less than twenty per cent selected Tory candidate. Among the Social and Humanities researchers, only seven percent described themselves as right of center.

In the grip of "Woken"

At the same time, the readiness has grown, different ways of thinking, excluding the end of the excerpt. Although only a small minority would support explicit campaigns to the dismissal of colleagues, whose views of political correctness collided. Other forms of exclusion are more widespread. The survey shows that a not small part of the academics admit to prefer in settings, promotions and research proposals applicants according to their political preferences.

Because there are much fewer rights than Left to the universities, it seems likely that a Conservative will be so sidelined. The show, the lovely issue of Brexit, the authors of the study. On the Left, the subject of "Transgender rights" can be the litmus test. There have been cases of feminist scholars, whose guest were lectures cancelled.

Updated Date: 13 August 2020, 11:21

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