Global Survey of Academic Freedom Issues in 2015: United Kingdom, Part 1 [Post 10 of a Series]

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In February, the Guardian included a piece on the results of study of freedom of speech on British campuses conducted by the online magazine Spiked:

“80% of universities are shown, as a result of their official policies and actions, to have either restricted or actively censored free speech and expression on campus beyond the requirements of the law. Spiked‘s first ever Free Speech University Rankings–which were overseen by Professor Dennis Hayes, head of the centre for educational research at Derby University and Dr. Joanna Williams, senior lecturer in higher education at Kent University–show each university administration and students’ union graded green, amber or red based on an assessment of their policies and actions. Institutions have been given an overall ranking based on the two combined.

“The research paints a picture of students keen to discourage racism but sometimes with almost comic effect. Birmingham university’s student union has banned…

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