The Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) is the UK’s first university league table for campus censorship. We examine the policies and actions of universities and students' unions, and rank them using our traffic-light system.
Data accurate up until February 2018.
Traffic-light ranking system:
has banned and actively censored ideas on campus
has chilled free speech through intervention
has a hands-off approach to free speech
The University of Derby and the University of Derby Students’ Union collectively create an environment that chills free speech. The university, which has moved to a Green ranking, places no restrictions on speech, aside from a relatively minor restriction on social-media use, as far as we are aware. The students’ union, which has maintained its Amber ranking, has an external-speakers policy that warns against criticism of faith groups. The institution’s overall ranking remains Amber.
The university - GREEN
Social Media Guidance for Students
‘Users are free to discuss topics and disagree with one another, but please be respectful of others’ opinions. Make sure that criticism is constructive and not hurtful… Don’t make public any personal beliefs or opinions which may cause offence to others. What’s inappropriate in the classroom is inappropriate online.’
Due to the specific nature of this policy, it has been weighted as an Amber Action.
Hard copy provided by university.
The students’ union - AMBER
External Speakers Policy
All speakers ‘must seek to avoid insulting other faiths or groups, within a framework of positive debate and challenge’.
Hard copy provided by students’ union.