You Can't Say That with Dennis Hayes, co-founder of Academics for Academic Freedom.
The first of a two part series exploring academic freedom - with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Dr Dennis Hayes is based at the Urban Learning Foundation in East London, where he is researching and developing innovative approaches to further education teacher training. He is the joint president of the University and College Union (UCU), the largest tertiary-education union in the world, and the national co-ordinator of the Institute of Ideas' Education Forum. He also writes a 'Backchat' column for 'FE Focus' in The Times Educational Supplement.
He is the author of many other best-selling books including: Defending Higher Education: the Crisis of Confidence in the Academy (2005), The Routledge Falmer Guide to Key Debates in Education (2004), Teaching and Training in Post-Compulsory Education (2003), Working in Post-Compulsory Education (2003), and The McDonaldization of Higher Education (2002). Forthcoming publications include The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education (2007, co-authored with Kathryn Ecclestone) and A Lecturer's Guide to Further Education (co-editor, 2007).
Dr Hayes is currently the Head of the Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) at Canterbury Christ Church University, and previous to that, head of the Department of Post-Compulsory Education. A trained philosopher, he has taught in secondary and special schools as well as in further and higher education.
Dr Dennis Hayes is one of the founders of Academics for Academic Freedom. He is currently researching the state of academic freedom in new (post-1992) and old universities.
Dennis Hayes defends his belief that all views, no matter how offensive or irrational, should be allowed expression in academic settings. Hayes claims that only complete freedom of speech can create a complete freedom of thought.