Freedom of speech in HE is in the press – a lot – at the moment. The debate is very polarised and polarising. For that reason, I should clarify before I start that the views below are my own (and not an official position for BU or the Lighthouse Group).
It started last week, when the massive set of consultations on the Office for Students (OfS) and the new regulatory framework were launched with a flurry about freedom of speech. The Times published an interview with Jo Johnson discussing the proposal that measures to protect freedom of speech should be a condition of OfS registration. The Guardian notes proposed powers for the OfS to fine or suspend the registration of universities that fail to protect the freedom of speech on campus, including student unions that ‘no platform’ controversial speakers. Read the full post … “Freedom of speech, censorship and bias – interesting times in HE”