for the public understanding of economics and entrepreneurship

The Vinson Centre Affiliates

Academic Freedom Research Network

Academics For Academic Freedom (AFAF) has established a link with the Vinson Centre at the University of Buckingham to further our aim of undertaking a variety of national and international research projects.

The Academic Freedom Research Network (AFRN) is an independent entity separate from both the University of Buckingham and the campaigning work of AFAF. We currently have several research projects under development including an international survey of the state of academic freedom in liberal democracies that will include filmed hearings in several countries. The organisation of conferences and seminars at which findings from our research, and that of others, can be discussed are a core element of our research remit.

AFAF is happy to support and collaborate with research projects and we welcome any proposals for research projects on free speech and academic freedom in universities.

Please contact: . You can contact by post via: Academic Freedom Research Network, Vinson Centre, Hunter Street, Buckingham, MK18 1EG.

Margaret Thatcher Centre

Margaret Thatcher supported the University of Buckingham from its inception, taking part in its launch when Education Secretary (1970-74) and later becoming its Chancellor after leaving office (1992-98). The affiliation between the Margaret Thatcher Centre and the Vinson Centre for the Public Understanding of Economics and Entrepreneurship builds on this historical association and highlights Margaret Thatcher’s role in defending individual enterprise and market processes.

The Thatcher Centre aims to highlight the enduring relevance of her legacy in the sphere of political economy and elsewhere, whilst also considering the inevitable tensions that arose between a liberalising economic agenda and more ‘conservative’ and even centralising responses that were associated with other policy areas.

Please contact Adrian Hilton at