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This survey is designed to determine your personal experiences regarding the protection of academic freedom. It is aimed primarily at people who teach and/or research in higher education, including staff who work in FE institutions but who teach HE level courses.  

The survey has been designed as part of a UCU initiative which seeks to provide improved help and guidance for UCU members in respect to their academic freedom rights and responsibilities. The findings arising from the survey will help the UCU both to develop a new national policy on academic freedom, and to produce appropriate support and training materials concerning academic freedom, for use by UCU members.

This survey has 4 Sections (A - D). Each section starts on a new page. You can move forward and backward to another section. It should not take you more than 20 minutes to complete the survey.

Should you wish to do so, you may answer sections in separate sessions – select 'save and continue later' at the end of the section and you will be sent a unique link that will allow you to return to the survey where you left off.

Your answers will only be submitted once you press the 'Submit' button at the end of the Survey (at the end of Section D).

If you prefer not to answer questions in Parts C and D on yourself and your academic work and responsibilities, feel free not to answer any or all of them. 

All those participating in the survey (and providing their email address at the end of Section D) stand the chance of winning £100 of John Lewis vouchers. The winner will be determined by lottery. 

If you have any queries about the survey, then please contact Lucy Mallinson at

Many thanks!

Sally Hunt
UCU General Secretary