Freedom to question, challenge and debate

Ensuring freedom of speech and academic freedom in English universities and colleges is not only essential to foster an open and enquiring academic mindset, but is also the subject of a number of legal duties and principles. This area has become increasingly contentious in recent years, and this brief summarises some key points before outlining the legal and regulatory framework within which universities and colleges must make decisions about matters relating to these freedoms. While this brief discusses the regulatory and legal landscape as at the time of writing, material relating to legislation currently before Parliament may become quickly out of date. And, while it provides commentary on a range of regulatory and legal issues, it is not intended to provide legal advice or a comprehensive statement or guide on the law relating to freedom of speech and academic freedom.

15 December 2022
Published 15 December 2022

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