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 April 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 Lincoln and the University of Lincoln Students' Union collectively create an environment that is hostile to free speech. The university, which has maintained its Amber ranking, restricts ‘offensive’ speech. The students’ union, which has maintained its Red ranking, has a No Platform policy, banning racists and fascists, and a Safe Space policy, which states that speakers can be ejected if any complaint is made against them. The institution’s overall ranking remains Red.
The university - AMBER
Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech
‘Students and staff of the university, as well as all other persons attending approved events, must refrain from acting in a manner likely to prevent or disrupt the purpose for which the event is held. This includes the use of offensive language.’
The students’ union - RED
Policy on Handling Events with External Speakers
Speakers ‘must not spread hatred and intolerance in the community and thus aid in disrupting social and community harmony. Within a framework of positive debate and challenge seek to avoid insulting other faiths or groups… The union reserves the right to deny a platform to racist and fascist individuals and groups by debating them as part of the No Platform policy in the usual channels.’
Safe Space Policy
‘ULSU will arrange mitigation to ensure the safety of our members and ensure a balance of opinions at any academic discussion or debate… Reiterate to speakers and those in attendance of the Safe Space policy and issue them with a warning that they can be asked to leave an event… [We will] ask any speakers or students complained against to leave.’
No Platform to Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment
‘The following organisations or persons have been identified as holding views that contradict ULSU’s commitment to zero tolerance to discrimination, bullying and harassment: the BNP, Al-Muhajiroun, English Defence League, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Muslim Public Affairs Committee, Britain First.’