Dr. Jade Norris, a Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol Medical School, spoke about the importance of freedom of speech and it’s decline in British universities at #Together’s ‘Can there be Science without Free Speech?’ conference.
Dr. Norris also occasionally writes for The Spectator and was a volunteer Special Constable for ten years.
Her speech focussed on the importance of free speech debate and inquiry in academia. “Universities are where some of the biggest scientific breakthroughs happen. And in recent years universities have also increased our focus on creating what is termed ‘the impact of research’ – so that is the real-world change that can be brought about by research findings. Looking at the issue of freedom of speech, debate and enquiry within our universities is crucial as what happens within these institutions ultimately affects us all,” Dr. Norris said.
You can hear Dr. Norris’ speech in the video below.