OfS responds to the government’s proposals on free speech

Nicola Dandridge responded to new government proposals on freedom of speech.

Commenting on the Department for Education’s proposals on freedom of speech in higher education, Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the OfS, said:

'Free speech and academic freedom are essential to teaching and research. Universities and college have legal duties to protect both free speech and academic freedom, and their compliance with these responsibilities forms an important part of their conditions of registration with the OfS. We will ensure that the changes that result from today’s proposals reinforce these responsibilities and embed the widest definition of free speech within the law.'

The Times, BBC News, the Press Association, Sky News, Evening Standard, the Daily Mail, THE and University Business cover the education secretary’s announcement of plans for the new measures on freedom of speech, and feature Nicola Dandridge's quote.

Published 18 February 2021

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