“China is at the forefront of academic research in many disciplines and the second-biggest economy in the world. The possibilities for collaboration would be exciting if the price tag were not selective blindness to human-rights abuses.” Photograph: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

President Michael D Higgins gave a stirring address at an online conference on academic freedom this week. He suggested we are in danger of losing not(...)

Philip Nolan, president of Maynooth University, says the new InSPIREurope alliances aims to support scholars who are at risk due to discrimination, persecution or violence.

A new European initiative to support hundreds of academics whose lives or careers are at risk due to discrimination, persecution or violence is to be (...)