Robust but civil debate: how the OfS protects free speech on campus

Free speech and academic freedom are fundamental to university and college culture. Susan Lapworth, OfS director of regulation, discusses how all students and staff should be supported to have open and honest debate.


David Jobbins

Interested to know how you expect universities to respond to a Holocaust denier who intends to speak without breaking law against racism. Is Holocaust denial not ipso facto racist and it would be right to deny that speaker a platform?

20 May 2021 - 4:58PM

Amy Sewell

Fantastic. Freedom of speech is SO important and I'm really pleased to see it being encouraged rather than supressed. Thank you!

20 May 2021 - 11:03AM

Andrew C Ross

The reports on a 'chilling effect' have been heavily criticised as flawed by rigorous researchers. Isn't a greater concern that a Government that has caused it's own watchdog on political bias to resign is seeking to force it's non-rigorous political allies and bigotry on what should be autonomous institutions in a civilised society?

17 May 2021 - 11:49AM

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Published 17 May 2021

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