FSUR Profile Page Entries

Profile

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:

  • RED:

    has banned and actively censored ideas on campus

  • AMBER:

    has chilled free speech through intervention

  • GREEN:

    has a hands-off approach to free speech

Traffic-light ranking
system More

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

Loughborough 2018

Amber

Loughborough University and Loughborough Students' Union collectively create a chilling environment for free speech. The university, which has maintained its Amber ranking, restricts ridicule of cultural or religious differences, and urges staff and students to use gender-neutral language. The students’ union, which has moved to a Green ranking, places no binding restrictions on speech, but did force the name change of a student social on the grounds it was offensive. The institution’s overall ranking moves to Amber.

The university - AMBER

Policies

  • Bullying and Harassment

    Definition of racial and religious harassment includes: ‘Ridiculing items worn for religious reasons, denigrating cultural customs... derisory comments against an individual’s beliefs... incitement or persistent pressure through forms of evangelism and religious propaganda that suggests the answer no is unacceptable to the person trying to spread their ideas on religion or recruiting to their particular group.’

    Read the full policy

  • IT Acceptable Use Policy

    Students must not ‘cause needless offence’.

    Due to the specific nature of this policy, it has been weighted as an Amber Action.

    Read the full policy

  • Inclusive Language Policy

    ‘University staff, students, contractors and visitors are expected to be aware of the impact their language may have upon others and to use language acceptably... The use of “he” or “man” as a generic term for an individual or people is unacceptable, and often inaccurate, and terms such as “s/he”, “she/he” or “she or he” are preferable. Particular terms are often unnecessarily gendered, for example, “forefathers”, “chairman” or “manpower”. Instead, you could refer to “ancestors”, “chair or convenor” or “staff”.’

    Read the full policy

The students’ union - GREEN

Actions

  • 15 September 2017 BBC

    ‘Slave night’ forced to change name

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

Loughborough progression

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018