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How to form an AFAF Branch

If you are an individual who wants to defend free speech and academic freedom, it is possible in the to be wary of ‘putting your head above the parapet’. However, there is strength in numbers, and you can form an Academics For Academic Freedom (AFAF) branch at your university.

Simply inform AFAF that you want to set up a branch and we can get advice and support for you from members of our existing branches.

The process is quite simple. Have an informal meeting with a few colleagues and decide what you can do to defend and promote academic freedom at your university. Given the new free speech legislation this aim should not put you in conflict with university management.

After the first informal meeting let AFAF know and we can put up a page with contact details and a list of founding members. Membership is open to all staff and students at a university but please ask your members to sign the AFAF Statement of Academic Freedom.

Branches are independent and non-partisan. They exist to defend free speech and academic freedom and do not adopt any political or other viewpoint. They should defend the free speech and academic freedom of those they disagree with.

The first AFAF branches arose spontaneously from discussions at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Derby. Several more branches are in the process of being formed. This is an exciting grass roots development that could transform the university sector into a beacon of freedom.

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