Victory for academic freedom

“An important victory for academic freedom has been struck by the Irish Federation of University Teachers which successfully brought a case against Trinity College Dublin to the Labour Court. It’s believed to be one of the few cases in the world where an issue of academic freedom ended up in an industrial relations forum and its progress has been monitored by trade unions internationally. Basically, the court ruled that disciplinary warnings against a faculty member at Trinity should be quashed and expunged from his employment record – he had been punished for not following orders regarding his research plans. It began in September 2007 when his professor issued new procedures to all academics in his area regarding reporting to him on their research, where and how their research should be published, and the seminars they would have to give to explain it …” (more)

[John Walshe, University World News, 8 March]

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