Dons fear for freedom of speech

1 March 2010

Proposed changes to Cambridge University’s dismissal, discipline and grievances procedures have been modified this week following strong protests from Regent House. Dons were concerned that their freedom of speech might have been inhibited by the new proposals and that they might become easier to sack. Historically, dons have been able to appeal to two authorities when faced with dismissal, the University Tribunal and the Septemviri. This system had been challenged, but the official notice published by the Council and General Board has now stated that it will be retained.