Today, the Conservative government is announcing landmark reforms to strengthen free speech and academic freedom at universities – delivering on a manifesto commitment – so that students and academics can express themselves freely, challenge views and cultivate an open mind.
- Following an increasing number of cases of individuals being silenced, there is deep concern about the chilling effect on campuses where students and staff feel they cannot express themselves freely.
- The Conservatives are therefore delivering on a manifesto commitment, introducing tougher legal measures to strengthen free speech and academic freedom. Measures include a new free speech condition placed on higher education providers in order to be registered in England and access public funding; extending legal duties to student unions; and a new Free Speech and Academic Freedom Champion to investigate breaches of free speech and impose fines where appropriate.
- Free speech underpins our democratic society and our universities have a long and proud history of being places where students and academics can express themselves freely, challenge views and cultivate an open mind.
More information on this announcement can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/landmark-proposals-to-strengthen-free-speech-at-universities