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Lecturers warn of policy threats to academic freedom


Deal to form Swedish government fails to respect research and university autonomy, says Sulf

The Tidö Agreement—the political deal that underpins the new Swedish government—lacks proper protection for research quality and academic freedom, research association Sulf has warned. 

This is despite the frequently voiced intentions of the government to ensure that research freedom and quality are enshrined in law, said the Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers. Academic freedom could be threatened if the agreement is implemented as it stands, it warned, and expressed concern over the government’s attempts to set research spending priorities. 

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