Who gets free speech in the university classroom?

Higher education news has been awash in recent months with the comments by the University of Oxford’s Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson: “I’ve had many conversations with students who say they don’t feel comfortable because their professor has expressed views against homosexuality. They don’t feel comfortable being in class with someone with those views. “And I … Continue reading Who gets free speech in the university classroom?

Getting students to listen

As many who teach in the humanities or social sciences will recognise, one of the hardest, and most desirable, things to do is to get students talking. We've all been there: the awkward silence in seminars, the tumbleweed moments when you ask a question and everyone stares at their desk. The flipside of these moments is … Continue reading Getting students to listen