Professor Bhaskar Vira, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, has issued the following response to recent blogs by academic Dr Nathan Cofnas:


"Freedom of speech within the law is a right that sits at the heart of the University of Cambridge. We encourage our community to challenge ideas they disagree with and engage in rigorous debate.

While we encourage freedom of speech, it is important to be clear that the voice of one academic does not reflect the views of the whole University community. I’ve spoken with many staff and students across the University over recent days, who all vehemently disagree with and challenge the academic validity of the arguments presented. 

I have been speaking to a number of our students who are understandably hurt and upset by these views and feel that they undermine their presence at Cambridge. I want to emphasise that everyone at Cambridge has earned their place on merit and no-one at this University should be made to feel like this."

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