Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Oxford UniversityCredit:Martyn Hayhow Sussex University has been accused of undermining free speechCredit: Christine Boyd Authors said the imbalance was not down to intelligence, but could be explained by “openness to experience” as “individuals who score highly on that personality trait tend to pursue intellectually stimulating careers like academia”.The authors of the report, titled “Lackademia: Why do academics lean Left?” urge universities to tackle the issue of ideological diversity among their staff, in the same way that they seek to increase gender, class and racial diversity.It warned that “ideological homogeneity” within academia can have a number of adverse consequences, such as “systematic biases in scholarship; curtailments of free speech on university campuses; and defunding of academic research by right-wing governments”.The report recommended that universities must be alert to double standards, encourage collaboration between right and left wing colleagues, and place a great emphasis on the benefits of ideological heterogeneity. Last month Sussex University was accused of undermining free speech after one of its leading professors held a workshop for academic staff of how to “deal with right-wing attitudes in the classroom”.The event stoked controversy among students and staff, who complained that the institution was revealing its political bias.The workshop, titled “Dealing with right wing attitudes and politics in the classroom” had been advertised on posters around the university.The debacle prompted the university’s vice chancellor to write to all students and staff urging them to “challenge each other in such a way that respects different opinions and voices”. Eight in ten university lecturers are “Left-wing”, a survey has found as it warns of the dangers of “group think” in British institutions.A report by the Adam Smith Institute said that the number of British academics are liberal or Left-wing has been steadily on the rise since the 1960s.“Conservative and Right-wing academics are particularly scarce in the social sciences, the humanities and the arts,” the report found.”Social settings characterised by too little diversity of viewpoints are liable to become afflicted by group think, a dysfunctional atmosphere where key assumptions go unquestioned, dissenting opinions are neutralized, and favoured beliefs are held as sacrosanct.”
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Parents hoping to get their children into a breakfast club queued from 3am outside a primary school due to limited space.More than 130 determined parents lined the curb outside the school for the annual breakfast club sign-up.Places at the early morning club are limited and the school operates a first-come, first-serve policy.Grandmother Annett Farrow, 69, left her home in Carmarthen, West Wales, at 1am to secure her place in the queue.She said: “We have been on the road since 1am and got here at 3am.”My son and daughter-in-law are on holiday so we had to come. If it gets them a place it will have been worth it.”We have bought biscuits and crisps – the only problem is the toilets. We have been using the toilets in the hotel opposite.” Grandmother Annett Farrow, 69, left her home in Carmarthen, West Wales, at 1am to secure her place in the queueCredit:Media Wales “If I didn’t have this I would not be able to go to work- I can’t risk not getting a place, I don’t have a plan B.” The 400-pupil primary school, called Ysgol Y Berllan Deg in Cardiff, sends a letter out to parents to alert them to the sign-up date.The breakfast club is a Welsh Government scheme which provides a free, healthy breakfast at school each day.Leanne Taylor, who arrived at the school around 3am, said: “If I drop them off at 8.30 I won’t be getting into work until 10 because of the traffic.