Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Intellectual Freedom

21 February 2013

I am writing to let you know that, as I shared with Academic Board this afternoon, I have decided to recommend to the Human Resources Committee of Senate that we amend the University's draft Enterprise Agreement in relation to the removal of the clause about intellectual freedom.  

This change to the Agreement had only ever been proposed on the basis that the clause was redundant, the principle being thoroughly covered already by the Senate-endorsed Charter of Academic Freedom and relevant Board and University policies.

Nevertheless, I accept that its removal from the draft Agreement has caused unnecessary anxiety and suspicion among some staff and for that I apologise.

I am happy to agree that our next Enterprise Agreement will again contain a specific statement in support of intellectual freedom, a principle which, as a community, we must support at all costs.

Yours sincerely

Michael Spence