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Universities: Freedom of Expression

Question for Department for Education

UIN 908223, tabled on 17 December 2018

What steps his Department is taking to support freedom of speech in universities.

Answered on

17 December 2018

The government is deeply committed to protecting freedom of speech in Higher Education (HE). The Equality and Human Rights Commission and key partners in the HE sector worked with the previous Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation to develop a single piece of guidance which will set out key principles. This will enable universities and student unions to understand their obligations for protecting and supporting free speech.

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