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NPC response to UCU boycott vote

By Simon Felton, General Secretary of the NPC, 31st May 2007
Source: NPC response to UCU boycott vote

National Postgraduate Committee (NPC) General Secretary Simon Felton has responded to the University and College Union boycott vote by saying that the National Postgraduate Committee renews its wholehearted support for academic freedom and its opposition to any boycott.

A boycott would run contrary to our objective, which is to advance in the public interest the education of postgraduate students within the UK. The Committee on Human Rights of Scientists of the New York Academy of Sciences responded to the 2002 boycott saying it "violates the basic principles of scientific freedom and scholarship"[2]. The NPC echoed these sentiments in its reponse to the 2002 boycott and continues to support these views that a boycott attempt based on nationality encourages discrimination and goes against the principle of judging academic work on its merits alone [3]. A boycott prevents collaborations and working with leading research and encourages further discrimination against some students and staff within the UK.

The NPC will continue to invite contributions from Israeli academics to its own publications, including the Journal of Graduate Education.

The NPC will express its concern to UCU about the impact on postgraduate students and the academic community.

Notes for press officers:

The National Postgraduate Committee is a charity to advance, in the public interest, postgraduate education in the UK. It is run by postgraduates for postgraduates and supported by affiliated student representative bodies throughout the UK.

For further enquires, please contact the General Secretary, Simon Felton, at npc@npc.org.uk

References:
[1] http://www.npc.org.uk/npc - Mission of the NPC
[2] http://www.nyas.org/about/newsDetails.asp?newsID=134&year=2002 - NY Academy of Sciences response to boycott proposals
[3] http://www.npc.org.uk/features/featuresarchive/npcsaysdonttakeacademiahostage - Previous NPC Press Release


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News Reports

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Union committee to reconsider Israeli academics boycott, The Education Guardian, March 27, 2008
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A slippery slope to totalitarianism, Education Guardian, May 24, 2007
Physicist who refused to lecture in U.K.: I'm not calling for boycott, Haaretz, May 25, 2007
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Memo From London: Should British Academics, or Rock Bands, Boycott Israel? New York Times, May 30, 2007
Lecturers back boycott of Israel, Education Guardian, May 30, 2007
Academics express outrage at Israeli boycott, Education Guardian, May 31, 2007
Divide and Rule, Education Guardian, June 5, 2007
Boycott should outrage academics, Inside Higher Ed, June 5 2007
Ignored by the Brits, Ynet, June 6, 2006
Boycott will destroy British academia, The Guardian, Saturday June 9, 2007
We Will Isolate Them, The Guardian, June 9, 2007 + ZOTW Commentry June 10, 2007
Government to form joint task force to counter U.K. boycotts, Haaretz, June 8, 2007
UK proposes joint academic seminar, Ynet News, June 10, 2007
US Unions condemn boycotts, The Jewish Chronicle, August 17 2007
Boycott a blessing in disguise, YNet News, Opinion, June 1 2007
FM praises British academics for nixing planned boycott of Israel, Haaretz, 30/09/2007
British academics forgo boycott call, Haaretz, 29/09/2007
Lecturers drop Israeli universities boycott call after legal advice, The Guardian, 29/09/2007

Responces, Blogs, Newsletters

2008
UCU Reconsidering Boycott, Little Bulldogs, March 27 2008

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UJS Chair's letter to UCU General Secretary
Lancaster University Students' Union Policy in repsonse
Academic Friends of Israel Digest vol 6 no 10 One week on
Academic Friends of Israel Digest vol 6 no 12
Goldhirsh Foundation Response
Responding to the Boycott by Shalom Lappin, at normblog, June 3 2007
Dark Days for the British Academy a letter by Prof Daniel Statman
A letter to UCU from Guy Handelman
SPME Petition against the boycott
Response from prominent British figures and law-makers, in Guardian Letters page, June 12, 2007

Other relevent documents and sources

The 2007 UCU motions
The 2007 document to be sent to branches
An explanation about the Durban Stratagy
Key quotes and summary of responses to the UCU policy
Why a cultural boycott of Israel would be banal, gestural and morally compromised
Relevent section of the Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism
More background on anti-Israel boycotts in general

Other sites related to the boycott

UJS's UCU Academic Boycott
www.stoptheboycott.org
BICOM on the UCU Boycotts
Academic Friends of Israel
Engage
Jewish Agency page on Addressing the Academic Boycott of Israel at UCU