Supporters of Brexit and right-wing academics in general are forced to hide their opinions, The Times reported, citing a study by the think tank Policy Exchange, as well as a recent YouGov poll. According to the poll, out of 820 academics, at least 32 percent of those with right-wing views and at least 27 percent of pro-Brexit academics stopped expressing their views in teaching and research for "fear of consequences" to their career.
At the same time, only 13 percent of left-leaning and centrist academics and 11 percent of Remainers confirmed they have similar fears. The report also suggested that while both sides of the political spectrum tend to discriminate against each other, conservative and pro-Brexit academics suffer the most.
Some 86 percent of academics said they would be comfortable sitting with a Remainer at lunch, but only 54 percent would have experienced no trouble with a Leave supporter.
"No one fought for diversity and inclusion in order to create universities staffed by a faculty who may look representative, but are to all intents and purposes, intellectually identical robots", Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, stated.
The report called for parliament to create a director for academic freedom with ombudsman powers and suggested that the duty to maintain academic freedom should be established by law.