Academic Freedom from the Perspective of the United Kingdom

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Academic freedom offers multiple meanings in the context of the United Kingdom. The chapter attempts to provide an overview of the evolution of the protection of rights embodied in the notion of academic freedom. Furthermore, it emphasises the differences in the regulation as observed across the regions within the UK and the trend to standardisation and increasing quality assurance procedures. Different processes and legislative reforms have had an impact on the relationships between universities and the state in the complex and challenging environment in which they struggle to exercise meaningful autonomy from several considerable pressures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademic Freedom in the European Context
Subtitle of host publicationLegal, Philosophical and Institutional Perspectives
EditorsIvo DeGennaro, Hannes Hofmeister, Ralf Lüfter
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9783030869311
ISBN (Print)9783030869335, 9783030869304
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Critical University Studies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2662-7329
ISSN (Electronic)2662-7337


  • academic freedom
  • academic community
  • academic environment

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