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About us

The Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) is the UK’s first nationwide analysis of campus censorship. Through examining the policies and actions of universities and students’ unions, this annual survey provides a detailed insight into the state of free speech, debate and expression in the British academy.

Since launching in 2015, it has propelled the issue of campus censorship into the mainstream, gaining coverage in The Times, the Guardian, the BBC, The Economist, the Telegraph, the Times Higher Education, the Independent, Metro and Sky News.

The FSUR was launched by the online magazine spiked and is supported by a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. The project grew out of the work of Down With Campus Censorship!, spiked’s campus free-speech campaign which launched in March 2014 and continues to work with students across the country to tackle censorship from the bottom up.

The team

Tom Slater

project coordinator

Tom is coordinator of the Down With Campus Censorship! campaign and the FSUR. He is also deputy editor at spiked.


Ella Whelan

research coordinator

Ella is research coordinator for the FSUR and assistant editor at spiked.


Emily Dinsmore


Emily is an FSUR researcher and a student at Queen Mary. She is also a writer for spiked.

Naomi Firsht


Naomi is an FSUR researcher and staff writer at spiked.


Sadhvi Sharma


Sadhvi is an FSUR researcher and regular contributor to spiked.


Marisa Pereira


Marisa is an FSUR researcher and assistant director at WORLDwrite.


Milja Kljajic


Milja is an FSUR researcher and a writer for spiked.


Joanna Williams


Joanna is a member of the FSUR advisory board, education editor at spiked and a lecturer in higher education.


Luke Gittos


Luke is a member of the FSUR advisory board, law editor at spiked and a solicitor practising criminal law.


Dennis Hayes


Dennis is a member of the FSUR advisory board, professor of education at the University of Derby and the director of Academics for Academic Freedom.

To find out more about the FSUR, or to request further comment, contact Tom Slater.