UCU is encouraging members to respond to a global survey on academic freedom in higher education. Entitled 'Safeguarding Academic Freedom in Europe (SAFE)', the survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Academic freedom

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UCU is committed to promoting and protecting the academic freedom of its members and of UK higher education institutions, and campaigns locally, nationally and internationally against threats to such freedoms.

You can find links to the current major policy areas affecting these freedoms.

Academic freedom in 2017

Wide-ranging report commissioned in 2017 by UCU as part of its efforts to better define what academic freedom means and to ensure it is better protected.


UCU and NASUWT statement on the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

UCU statement on academic freedom

Growing concerns about the threats to free academic inquiry and opinion have prompted the UCU to publish a statement on academic freedom.