How to Get Involved

We invite you to join our supporters. Supporters receive our regular newsletter by email and receive occasional emails giving details of urgent developments and of ways to support our activities. We do not disclose the names of our supporters to anyone outside BRICUP or share them with any other organisation.

- We recognise that many individuals may wish to support our aims by private actions without wishing to be publicly identified. All of us began as junior, untenured colleagues, and in the current climate in UK institutions we recognise that not everyone can put their heads above the parapet, but many will still be prepared to take a quiet stand.

Support BRICUP financially

As the pace of boycott activity increases we need your financial support. We need funds to support visiting speakers, book rooms for public meetings, print leaflets and pay the whole range of expenses that an ever busier campaign demands.

You can make a one off donation

  • by sending a cheque to the Treasurer, at BRICUP, BM BRICUP, London, WC1N 3XX, UK
  • by making a bank transfer to BRICUP
    Sort Code 08-92-99
    Account Number 65156591
    IBAN = GB20 CPBK 0892 9965 1565 91
    BIC = CPBK GB22

Like all organisations, while we welcome one off donations, we can plan our work better if people pledge regular payments by standing order. You can download a standing order form.

If you need more details contact treasurer@bricup.org.uk.

Guidance - Teaching staff responsibility when discussing boycotts.

The Equality Challenge Unit of Universities UK has issued guidance.

They cite a hypothetical example as follows:

"LAWFUL SPEECH" Example

During a lecture on the history of Tibet, a university lecturer expresses strong opinions on the actions of the Chinese government. Her remarks are felt to be offensive and insulting
by some Chinese students present, who make a complaint of harassment.

The lecturer’s opposition to China’s role in Tibet is evident in her involvement in a boycott of Chinese institutions, about which she comments extensively on her page on the university’s social networking system. The students argue that this activity is indirectly discriminatory and mount a campaign against it...

  • Institutions should be encouraging the exploration and debate of divergent views and opinions.
  • Academic staff have freedom within the law to question and test received wisdom and to put forward new ideas and controversial or unpopular opinions, without placing themselves in jeopardy
    of losing either their jobs or any privileges they may have had at an institution.

The advice indicates it is permissable to discuss boycott in the lecture theatre but not to intimidate anyone from speaking either for or aganst a boycott - all voices must be heard and respected.

Click here for further details >>

If you want further information or advice, contact us by email.

Get Involved

"The legality of an academic boycott of institutions must be distinguished from taking adverse decisions against individuals because of their race or nationality. The latter would obviously be discriminatory and the specific wording of any boycott would have to be examined in close detail."

 

Page last updated July 29, 2016