Academic freedom and freedom of speech

This policy has been instituted in recognition of the Trust’s role as a higher education institution, however it covers all educational, research, and clinical activities and therefore has implications for all staff.

The Trust’s associated education, debate and research activities are informed by the principles outlined in this policy.

The Trust adheres to the principles of academic freedom and recognises the right of its staff and students to test received wisdom and to put forward controversial or unpopular opinions without jeopardising their privileges or position.

The Trust expects its staff to exercise their freedom of speech in ways which are mindful of the Trust’s core values and its wider policies and procedures.

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