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Letter to Professor Martin Jones, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University, regarding the investigation into Professor James Treadwell by Staffordshire University

We have written to Professor Martin Jones, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University, in defence of our member Professor James Treadwell, a criminologist. He has been placed under investigation by the University after he engaged in the debate over gender self-identification and the risk it poses to female inmates in women’s prisons, following a complaint about his comments from trans activists.

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Letter to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh about Sir Geoff Palmer branding two senior Edinburgh academics “racist”

We have written to Professor Peter Mathieson, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh, to complain about the University’s inadequate defence of Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine and Jonathan Hearn, Professor of Historical Sociology, both of whom have been smeared as “racists” by Sir Geoff Palmer, Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University and Chair of the Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review Group. Sir Geoff’s comments were in response to criticisms raised about the work of the Legacy Review Group. You can read about the controversy here.

Below, you can see our original letter and the reply we received from Professor Peter Mathieson on 26th January 2022.

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UPDATE: We received a reply from Professor Peter Mathieson on 26th January 2022. You can read the full text of his letter below.

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Letter to the Vice-Chancellor of UCL About ‘Liberating the Curriculum’

We’ve written to Dr Michael Spence, the Vice-Chancellor of UCL, about the requirement that anyone in a grade 8 job at the University, or applying for one, has to remove ‘dead white able-bodied European men’ from reading lists, ‘check their privilege’ and ‘acknowledge the prejudice baked into their field’ – a requirement of UCL’s ‘Liberating the Curriculum’ policy. We think this is an infringement of their right to free speech and almost certainly unlawful. You can read about the letter – and UCL’s reaction – in the Telegraph.

Below, you can see our original letter and the reply we received from Dr Micael Spence on 20th December 2021.

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UPDATE: We received a reply from Dr Michael Spence on 20th December 2021. You can read the full text of his letter below.

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Letter to Lord Wharton regarding Professor Timothy Luckhurst

We’ve written to Lord Wharton, the Chair of the Office for Students, asking him to pay close attention to the current investigation of Tim Luckhurst, the Principal of South College, Durham who is subject to a witch-hunt at the University following his invitation to Rod Liddle to give an after-dinner speech on Friday 3 December. Following his receipt of this letter, Lord Wharton gave an interview to the Telegraph in which he said: “As a point of principle it is important for students to engage with views and theories with which they may not agree. A robust but tolerant sharing of views is an essential element of the whole experience of higher education.”

Letter to Master of Downing College about its new ‘Report Racism Guidance’

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We have written to Mr Alan Bookbinder, the Master of Downing College, Cambridge about its new ‘Report Racism Guidance‘ which replicates many of the legally questionable aspects of the University’s controversial ‘Report + Support’ policy which was withdrawn by the Vice-Chancellor last May after the Free Speech Union wrote to him to complain about it. You can read about this letter, and why we’re concerned about Downing’s new guidance, in the Telegraph here. We hope this letter will have a similar effect to our previous one.

Letter to St Andrews about the diversity training students have to undergo before they matriculate

We’ve written to Professor Sally Mapstone, the Vice-Chancellor of St Andrews, about the University’s insistence that all incoming students should receive diversity training and then provide the ‘correct’ answers in a ‘quiz’ following the training before they are allowed to proceed with their studies. For instance, they’re asked to agree with the following statement: ‘Acknowledging your personal guilt is a useful start point in overcoming unconscious bias.’ In our letter, we point out that this is almost certainly a breach of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits compelled speech, and might be a breach of the Equality Act 2010 as well as charity law.

Below, you can see our original letter and the reply we received from Professor Sally Mapstone on 3rd November 2021.

Letter to Professor Alec Cameron about the list of proscribed words sent to all new students in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Aston University.

We were contacted anonymously by a student at Aston University in Birmingham after he’d been handed a guidance document by the School of Social Sciences and Humanities that contained a long list of banned words and phrases. They included ‘mankind’, ‘native’ and ‘mixed race’. We have written to the Vice-Chancellor objecting to this and asking for his assurance that any students using the proscribed language will not be penalised in any way.

Letter to Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor of Sussex University, about the harassment and intimidation of Kathleen Stock

We have written to Professor David Maguire, interim Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, about the disgraceful attempt by campus activists to bully Professor Kathleen Stock into silence. When Prof Stock returned to work earlier this week she was confronted with stickers outside her office demanding she be fired for being a ‘transphobe’ and a ‘terf’. We have asked Prof Maguire to assure us that action will be taken, both to protect Prof Stock and to punish the organisers of what is almost certainly an unlawful campaign of harassment and intimidation.

Below, you can see our original letter and the reply we received from Professor David Maguire on 12th October 2021.

Letter to Provost of Worcester College About His Recent Apology For Hosting Christian Event

David Isaac, the former Chair of Stonewall and now Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, recently issued an apology on behalf of the College for hosting an event earlier this month for the Wilberforce Academy, which is part of Christian Concern. In a letter to students and staff, he said booking the event “was a serious failure that has caused significant distress” to students who discovered a leaflet from the event when they returned to the College. Christian Concern said the apology showed “cancel culture has once again demonstrated the power of its grip in one of our top universities” and accused David Isaac of “capitulating to an aggressive movement”. We have written to Mr Isaac pointing out that to exclude a group from holding an event on the College’s premises because of its Christian beliefs would be a breach of the Equality Act 2010, something he should be aware of given that he’s also a former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Below, you can see our original letter and the reply we received from David Isaac on 29th September 2021.

Letter to the Vice-Chancellor of Bristol University About its Shoddy Treatment of Professor Steven Greer

We’ve written to Professor Judith Squires, the V-C and Provost of Bristol University, about the University’s mistreatment of Professor Steven Greer, a distinguished human rights lawyer. You can read Prof Greer’s story in the Mail on Sunday, but the short version is he was falsely accused of Islamophobia by some Muslim activists who didn’t like his politics and then exonerated by the University, but the module he teaches every year about Islam, among other things, has now been removed from the syllabus. And the reason he was given by the administrators responsible for this censorship was that they didn’t want the course to attract any more complaints, even though the University concluded the complaints against Prof Greer were completely groundless.

Below, you can see our original letter and the reply we received from Professor Judith Squires on 29th September 2021.