Stop the closure of BA Sociology & Anthropology at Queen's University
Queen's University Belfast have passed a proposal entitled the Size & Shape Review which amounts to a huge attack on particular schools at QUB.
Single Honours Sociology and Single Honours Anthropology have been scrapped, despite their academic excellence in UK Higher Education. Student places have been cut, tariffs have been increased for NI students.
We call on Queen's University to end the marketisation of the University, and support courses on their academic merit, not their perceived ability to bring in private revenue.
Support staff and students and call on Queen's University Belfast to immediately reverse their decision to close Single Honours Anthropology and Single Honours Sociology.
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ESA Solidarity with Colleagues in Turkey
We condemn the recent steps taken against a group of colleagues in Turkey who have been calling for peace in the country.
More than 1100 Turkish academics from 89 universities and over 400 international scholars initially signed a petition for peace in the South East region of Turkey. Thereupon Turkish authorities initiated measures against signatories that included removing them from their university positions (see nature).
We call the authorities* to stop the measures.
The measures violate the human right to freedom of expression and they violate academic freedom. Current developments in Turkey in our view violate the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ article 19 that guarantees the freedom to hold opinions without state and other interference.
Freedom of thought and opinion is guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey (art. 25-27) and academic freedom is a necessary requirement for the functioning of science, an area of work that has the task of improving human life by exploring and articulating knowledge about complex situations.
*letter to the Prime Minister/Council of Higher Education
Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association, February 2016
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