Cardiff County Court has said it cannot making a ruling over Doctor Mike Reddy being biased and outside his area of academic expertise because it believes academic judgement is not judicious. According to the Times Higher Education Supplement, it is!
The fact that University of South Wales lecturers make statements that could be perceived as bias, but that it is not illegal to do so, means that in my honest opinion no student should apply for a PhD at the University of South Wales as they will have no recourse if one of its lecturers makes statements that are biased or false, because they can claim such statements amount to ‘academic judgement’.
If students were able to apply to different universities, yet take their course in a specific geographical location, then it would be very unlikely in my view that the University of South Wales would allow lecturers like Doctor Mike Reddy to make statements that could be perceived as biased or untrue because students would go to their competitors because the University of South Wales would not have the geographical monopoly that they have now. The only way to ensure fair access to higher education is competition because the universities that act oppressively would be forced to be dissolved because students would no longer have to use them like they forced to at present if they wish to study in a particular locality.
If Doctor Mike Reddy can get away with making disparaging statements about my work even if those statements would have invalidated his chances if applied to his work, then how many other students are being denied an education as a result? If the students of Treforest vote for me, I will push for reform of the University of South Wales so that lecturers like Doctor Mike Reddy are not able to get away with saying things that affect a student’s chance of getting a degree by relying on reference to ‘academic judgement’ when other university rules, like the dignity at study policy, should be coming into play.