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    Now the dust has settled a little on the letter sent to university VCs by Heaton-Harris, a few thoughts...

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    This summer, in my role as Trustee of @PolStudiesAss I had a constructive meeting at No. 10 about how better to connect researchers and govt

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    It's highly unfortunate a climate of distrust and suspicion has been fostered about academics and their motivations in certain quarters.

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    No doubt this has been fueled by the shock result of the June election and over-inflated importance of the student vote.

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    It also stems from a fundamental misunderstanding about how education influences political attitudes.

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    Yes, academics tend to the left (and social liberalism), but the experience of university is a far bigger factor than content of lectures.

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    Leaving home, mixing with people of different backgrounds, learning to think critically - these socialising forces impact on attitudes.

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    Less so a professor standing at the front of a large lecture hall rushing through 75 PowerPoint slides...

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    This myth of indoctrination is also patronising to young people, presuming they can't think for themselves or develop their own views.

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    Attempts to characterise large parts of one of the UK's last remaining world-leading sectors as disloyal/biased are wholly self-defeating.

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    The academics I know love their country and want to make British society a better place, including those who made the UK their home.

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    Maybe it's time for those who cry bias to spend some time talking to young people and visiting universities to understand what we do.

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