Academic Freedom and the future of a Diverse Management School are under attack at UoL

On January 18th, staff in UoL School of Business were surprised to learn of decisions to change the future strategic priorities of the School. 16 academics were notified that they are at risk of redundancy due to this surprise change.

Without consultation with AD of Research or Research Leads the Dean decided that the School will be “divesting from research in Critical Management Studies and Political Economy”. No proper evidence or data supporting the need for this decision has been given. Nor was an objective and fair criteria for the selection of those at risk provided.

This attack on academic freedom, on the historical legacy of the School and its international reputation, has led to an outpour of national and international support from across the academic community, our students and our alumni.

This webpage collates updates and relevant information about the campaign against this attack and for holding the leadership of the School to account. Stand with us for #AcademicFreedom and for #ResponsibleManagement outside and inside our institutions.

Open petition signed by 2400+ academics calling UoL VC to reconsider plans for School of Business (Updated!) Sign now!

Watch Dr Keir Milburn discuss the attack on academic freedom at ULSB with Owen Jones 18.02

The Academy of Management CMS Executive stands in solidarity & publishes letter by Prof Burrell and Prof Lilley

Prof Parker discusses the recently announced plans

British Academy of Management reacts by defending the value of pluralistic management education

Letter by the Editors of the journal ‘Organization’ expressing dismay of UoL conduct

Personal letter by Prof Kenneth Surin to the VC

Joint statement of protest from SCOS and Culture & Organisation

Letter by Editors of ephemera journal protesting against these plans

Statement of solidarity by the British Universities Industrial Relations Association

Open letter from alumni expressing support for CMS/PE

Condemnation by the global community of academics, practitioners, and activists interested in Economic Sociology & Political Economy